Alan Shatter: With a backlog of 660 cases, we need a new appeal court
Voting on an important referendum to establish a Court of Appeal in this State will take place on Friday, October 4. Voting yes will pave the way to a modernisation of our courts system and address a serious situation in the ever-rising number of appeals waiting to be heard in our Supreme Court.
An appeal lodged today can expect a four-and-a-half-year delay before it is heard by our Supreme Court.
There are now over 660 appeals in the queue to be heard, with the most urgent cases placed on a priority list. There are 77 appeals on the priority list for hearing, and it will take about 12 months for them to be heard and determined.