More High Court cases affected by suspended sentences ruling
Four cases which came before the High Court yesterday have been affected by a ruling on the constitutionality on key legislation relating to suspended sentences.
Last week, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty declared that section 99 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, governing the activation of suspended sentences, is unconstitutional.
Four cases which came before Mr Justice Seamus Noonan yesterday have been adjourned pending tomorrow’s final order hearing, the Irish Independent reports.
Acting Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that she will ask the Government to back emergency legislation to address the uncertainty created in the wake of the ruling.
The Department of Justice has said that further issues that may emerge at the final order hearing will be taken into account.
A spokesperson for opposition party Fianna Fáil told the Irish Examiner that it does not intend to oppose the legislation.