Tuesday 23 October 2018

Shatter in talks over 'specialist' insolvency judges

Dearbhail McDonald and Fiach Kelly

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has met with the President of the High Court ahead of plans to appoint a new group of 'specialist' judges to deal with thousands of personal insolvencies.

Mr Shatter (pictured) met with Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns yesterday as court officials prepare to deal with up to 3,000 personal insolvencies, including bankruptcies, in the first year of operation of the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI).

The anticipated wave of bankruptcies is expected to severely impact on the workload of the Circuit and High courts and the Courts Service which provides registrars for judges but cannot appoint new staff because of the recruitment embargo in the public service.

The private meeting comes as Mr Shatter finalises amendments to the long-awaited Legal Services Regulation Bill.

The department says that consultations on the bill, which will strip solicitors and barristers of their right to self-regulate, are "ongoing" with both the Law Society and the Bar Council.

Irish Independent

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