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Politicians, not legal profession, have hindered judicial policing

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has given only a "cautious welcome" to the announcement by the Minister for Justice that a Judicial Council and a Judicial Conduct Committee are to be set up. The council will promote "high standards among judges" and allow for "continued public confidence in judicial integrity".

There will be new guidelines for judicial ethics and conduct. Procedures will be created to investigate complaints against judges. There will be provision for carrying out investigations into the mental or physical health of judges, and sanctions will be introduced -- including a reprimand, or a recommendation that the judge follow a specific course of action.

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