Appeals Court Bill passed by both Houses

The Bill which provides for the creation of a new Appeals Court has been approved by both Houses of the Oireachtas.

The Court of Appeal Bill gives effect to the decision taken in the Referendum, which passed by 65% of votes.

The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the passage of the bill and is hopeful the court will deliver significant reductions in waiting time for the hearing of appeals.

At the moment there is a backlog of around four years for appeals to be heard at the Supreme Court.

The Bill will now go to the President for signature.

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