Tuesday 24 April 2018

Let's tackle real reasons for crime epidemic before setting up another court

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald plans to establish a second Special Criminal Court because of case delays
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald plans to establish a second Special Criminal Court because of case delays
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald's plan to set up a second Special Criminal Court (SCC) will serve more to distract the public from negative media coverage of crime than to tackle the crime problem.

This is the second time the creation of an additional SCC has been mooted. Back in 2004, then Justice Minister Michael McDowell said he planned to establish a second court to alleviate chronic delays. Nothing happened then, and it's doubtful a second court will be in place in the lifetime of this Government.

The current incarnation of the SCC has been with us since 1972, when it was set up during the most murderous period of the Troubles to try terrorism offences.

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