The Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys (pictured) has opened a consultation process to seek the views of the public on the newly established Judicial Planning Working Group.
The group is being chaired by the former Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills Brigid McManus.
It is looking at the judicial resources that will be needed by all courts over the next five years.
“Ensuring that the courts are adequately resourced to administer justice efficiently and effectively for citizens in their access to justice is a priority for Government,” said the minister, who added that she expected to receive the group’s report and recommendations next Spring.
Minister Humphreys said that she was seeking submissions from the public on how many, and what type, of judges were needed.
“I would also like to hear people’s views on work practices, efficiencies and productivities in the Courts Service, and how we can have a judicial system which is modern and responsive, as well as adequately resourced,” the minister added.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, demographic changes, and the implications of Brexit for court caseloads are other issues on which the public is being asked to comment.
The Government has also asked the OECD to carry out independent research that will inform the group’s work.
The consultation is open until Friday, 12 November. Submissions can be made by email to email@example.com.