Thursday 14 December 2017

Michael Williams: We need proper reform of our courts system – not new layer of judges

The Four Courts Dublin
The Four Courts Dublin

On October 4 next, as well as voting on abolishing the Seanad, we will consider a composite proposal, first to approve the establishment of a new Court of Appeal and, second, to remove a rule that when the Supreme Court makes a decision on a constitutional issue, only one judgment appears.

But, amazingly, the Government has limited our choice. We must vote for or against the package. We may not approve one part but not the other.

To reject a proposed amendment that comes to us from politicians who treat us so disrespectfully is a natural reaction, and would give them a useful message.

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