The Minister for Justice Equality and Defence Alan Shatter TD has welcomed the announcement by the Chief Justice that the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal will sit during September.
 
The Minister said: "I warmly welcome this initiative on the part of the Chief Justice and President of the High Court to provide for sittings in September. The lengthy waiting periods being experienced by persons who are awaiting appeals before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal has been of concern and contributed to the Governments recent decisions to appoint additional Supreme Court judges and propose a Constitutional Amendment to provide for a permanent Court of Appeal. This measure on the part of the judiciary will also alleviate the delays and help to ensure that citizens' right of access to justice is upheld."

19 May 2013 

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