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Minister Andrews welcomes decision to provide for three additional Judges to the District Court to deal with cases involving children

28 July 2008

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD, today welcomed the announcement of the commencement of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008, which will permit the Government to appoint three new judges to the District Court to deal with cases involving children.

The Minister, with delegated responsibility for Youth Justice, stated that the announcement builds on the National Youth Justice Strategy and the desire to improve the delivery and efficiency of the Children’s Court functions.  ‘The provision for these crucial appointments will help reduce waiting times for cases to come to court, which is a vital component of any strategy to improve the delivery of youth justice’ said the Minister.  ‘A recent spotlight on proceedings in the Children’s Court has highlighted the societal need to administer justice in an effective manner.  I fully expect that these additional resources will enable the Courts Service to do just that’ he added.

’I am heartened that today’s announcement comes hot on the heels of the Government decision to develop new national children detention facilities on the Oberstown campus in Lusk, Co. Dublin.  The development will increase the accommodation capacity in the detention school system from 77 to 167 places.  A notice inviting tenders from interested parties to provide a full team to design the new facilities was published on the 27th of June 2008. The closing date for receipt of tenders is Friday, the 8th of August 2008.  I am confident that there will be a strong level of interest in the contract’ concluded Minister Andrews.