208. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 174 of 19 May 2021, the reason Ireland has failed to provide the information relating to procedural time limits on the eJustice portal after more than three years (details supplied). [30009/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As indicated to the Deputy in reply to his questions on 21 April and 18 May, the European e:Justice Portal contains information on both European Union law and the national law of the Member States of the EU.
The Portal is maintained by the European Commission. Information is provided by member states via the European Judicial Network (EJN). While membership and responsibility of the European Judicial Network (EJN) is spread across my Department and the Courts Service, the Courts Service is Ireland’s primary contact point.
Under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in its functions.
The factsheet on Irish procedural time-limits to which the Deputy refers, was removed from the Portal for updating on foot of changes to the relevant legislation. It was inadvertently not re-uploaded due to pressure of more significant work. The Courts Service advise me that the fact sheet will be completed in the coming weeks. My Department will then upload the factsheet to the Portal in early course.