Opinion Letters

Sunday 30 April 2017

Confidence in courts must be earned

Michael Lowry addresses reporters on the plinth at Leinster House in Dublin
Michael Lowry addresses reporters on the plinth at Leinster House in Dublin

Michael Lowry addresses reporters on the plinth at Leinster House in Dublin. Julien BehaL/ pa wire

As a human rights activist, attending court over the past eight years, my experience has been entirely different. Put the State in court against any litigant and it will require all the might of the legal profession to defeat it -- even when the law of the land is against the State's position.

The "public confidence in our judiciary and in our courts" that Mr Shatter refers to must be earned. If that confidence is ever restored, if ever we see a full transparency about the workings of the courts, the judiciary and the Courts Service, it will truly mark a new beginning.

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