823. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice if she will review the application of the Criminal Procedure Act 1967, if necessary by an amendment to section 4(b) thereof (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21892/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): There is no plan at this time to amend section 4(b) of the Criminal Procedure Act 1967 in the manner referred to by the Deputy. However, I can inform the Deputy that the legislation governing criminal procedure is kept under constant review by my Department, and updates are made from time to time when the need becomes apparent.
One such example is the Criminal Procedure Bill, which is progressing through the Houses of the Oireachtas at the moment, which will introduce a number of important reforms, including providing for preliminary trial hearings in criminal trials for the first time. Questions Nos. 824 and 825 answered with Question No. 797.