Government approved publication of the Heads of the General Scheme of the Criminal Procedure Bill. on 1 April 2014. Revised Heads were approved by Government on 9 June 2015.
The main purpose of this legislation will be to provide greater efficiency and fairness in the trial process and to reduce delays in the criminal justice system generally.
The General Scheme is being published to allow the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality & Defence to consider the proposals and to also provide for consultation with interested parties.