A new court of appeal would be pivotal in alleviating the large backlog that currently exists in the Supreme Court system.
This is the view of Labour Galway West TD Derek Nolan who is calling on Galwegians to vote Yes to approve the establishment of a new court of appeal in the upcoming referendum on Friday October 4.
According to Dep Nolan, if the result of a civil case in the High Court is appealed to the Supreme Court there can be up to a four year delay on the outcome of this appeal. The delay for criminal cases is 18 months.
The proposed new court of appeal, which operates in many other countries, would be able to deal directly with the majority of High Court appeals. In addition, the Government has added two new members to the Supreme Court, and has introduced legislation to increase the powers of the Circuit Court, reducing the number of cases to be heard in the High Court.
“A court of appeal is the most cohesive and complete solution to this problem,” argues Dep Nolan. “The Government is now seeking the public’s support to ensure the new court of appeal is established and I would urge all voters in Galway to vote Yes.”