Tuesday 12 December 2017

Row over appointing of judges is splitting Cabinet

The Court of Appeal currently has a backlog of 1,800 cases, leading one academic to grimly predict it could take 11 years for this to be cleared. (Getty/Stock)
The Court of Appeal currently has a backlog of 1,800 cases, leading one academic to grimly predict it could take 11 years for this to be cleared. (Getty/Stock)
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Transport Minister Shane Ross's insistence that no new judges will be appointed until the selection process is reformed has caused much unease in Cabinet.

A new judicial appointments commission was a key demand of the Independent Alliance during Government formation talks and was in the partnership programme with Fine Gael.

The proposal is to recast the current 12-person board which advises the Cabinet on judicial candidates.

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