Department officials brief Flanagan on ‘stalled’ bills

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan

Officials at the Department of Justice have briefed Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan on the need to continue drafting new legislation on employment law, domestic violence, maternal deaths, legal aid and the family courts.

A briefing note was prepared for Mr Flanagan when he took over as Justice Minister from Frances Fitzgerald last month, The Irish Times reports.

Among the major pieces of priority legislation which officials told Mr Flanagan are “stalled in the drafting system” are:

  • Legislation to create a criminal records certificate system, whereby employers can request a certificate confirming that a prospective employee does not have criminal convictions;
  • Legislation to amend the Coroners Act 1962 provide for mandatory inquests into maternal deaths;
  • And legislation to establish a family court which would deal with family law and domestic violence cases.

Mr Flanagan will have to decide where to base the new family court and how many judges and resources to allocate to it.

Legislation to consolidate and simplify landlord and tenant, alcohol and liquor licensing, and domestic violence laws are also stalled.