Judicial Council

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The Judicial Council Bill is expected to clear the Oireachtas today after it returns to the Seanad for a final vote. The landmark bill, which was introduced in 2017, was passed by the Dáil with amendments last Thursday.

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A statutory committee of judges will draw up guidelines on personal injury pay-outs under plans approved by the Cabinet yesterday. The Government will table amendments to the Judicial Council Bill to give effect to the recommendation of the Personal Injuries Commission chaired by former judge Nichol

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Proposals to require judges to publish a declaration of interests are under consideration by the Cabinet. The idea was raised by Independent Alliance TD and Transport Minister Shane Ross in a discussion about the Judicial Council Bill at yesterday's Cabinet meeting, The Irish Times reports.

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Hearings into alleged judicial misconduct will be heard in public under Government proposals to be considered in the Oireachtas. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has submitted amendments to the Judicial Council Bill 2017 to provide for misconduct hearings to be held in public unless a private heari

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