New Courts Bill too
restrictive says Troy

Deputy Robert Troy, the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, has indicated that while the Courts Bill 2013, was welcome, “the exemptions contained within it were “very restrictive”. “The Bill does not achieve the right balance between privacy and transparency in reporting family law cases,” he said, adding that Section 5 held 7 exemptions within it. “This is very restrictive and ultimately may defeat the intent of the legislation, which is, that justice should be administered in public.”

Deputy Robert Troy, the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, has indicated that while the Courts Bill 2013, was welcome, “the exemptions contained within it were “very restrictive”. “The Bill does not achieve the right balance between privacy and transparency in reporting family law cases,” he said, adding that Section 5 held 7 exemptions within it. “This is very restrictive and ultimately may defeat the intent of the legislation, which is, that justice should be administered in public.”

He said Fianna Fáil had published its own Bill with regard to in-camera court proceedings, which, he added, achieved “the right balance between privacy and transparency in reporting family law and child care cases”. “I also have concerns about the penalty in misreporting cases,” he said. “The penalty may actually act as a deterrent for journalists in reporting cases that are legitimately in the public interest.”