The planned appointment of five extra High Court judges is”one of the biggest gains in judges accepted in recent memory and a very considerable investment by the State in judicial funds”, ministers have stated.
The government, which announced its plans to enlarge the High Court seat at April, now affirmed the legislative changes could be included from the Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021.
Justice Minister Heather Humphreys reported the five additional candidates would”ensure adequate funds are available to handle areas of immediate need within the Court, such as the pressures criminal justice originating from Covid along with the difficulties arising with regards to infrastructure growth”.
Ms Justice Mary Irvine, president of the High Court, lately referred to as for the appointment of 15 to 20 further judges, warning that the present seat of 37 judges wasn’t sufficient to deal with the forthcoming”tsunami of litigation”.
Back in April, Maura McNally SC, seat of the Bar Council, stated:”Our opinion is that while five additional High Court judges is welcome, the requirement is actually many occasions , something raised from the President of the High Court several weeks past.”
Ireland also has among the cheapest judicial budgets, using only 0.1 percent of GDP spent on judiciary when compared with a European average of 0.33 percent.