272. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the drafting of the criminal justice (community sanctions) Bill will be complete; when he plans to introduce it at First Stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39666/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Government has approved the drafting of a Criminal Justice (Community Sanctions) Bill to replace the Probation of Offenders Act 1907 with modern provisions dealing with community sanctions and the role of the Probation Service in the criminal justice system. The Bill is currently being drafted by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. This Bill is at an early stage in the drafting process and as such it is not possible to estimate a timeframe for publication.