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Sentencing inconsistency is a result of financial cutbacks - Chief Justice
Chief Justice Frank Clarke

15 Jun 2018 / judiciary Print

Clarke embarrassed by overseas judge training

At a court reform seminar at the Aula Max in NUIG on 17 January, Chief Justice Frank Clarke said that inconsistency in sentencing around the country is a result of financial cutbacks making it “virtually impossible” to develop training systems for the judiciary.


He said that a funding proposal will be submitted to the government to finance the correlation of sentencing data and make it available to the judiciary, alongside enhanced training levels.

The Chief Justice said the current €300,000 annual judicial training budget needs to be quadrupled.


The judiciary have travelled to Scotland to avail of training there, a situation he described as “a source of some embarrassment”.

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