HC Deb 09 March 1888 vol 323 cc698-9
MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)

asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, What annual saving would be effected by the Government Judicature Bill; is he aware of the strong feeling that exists as to the present defective state of legal reporting in Ireland; and, would there be any difficulty, out of the proposed saving, in finding funds to provide for some record of important Judgments, so that no ease of great public professional interest should be omitted from the Law Reports, or have its report indefinitely delayed?


The question of law reporting in Ireland is one in which I have taken a practical interest for many years. I am fully conscious of the fact that the funds at the disposal of the Council of Law Reporting did not enable us to maintain the Reports in the state of efficiency which we desired. Complaints, no doubt, have been made; but I do not think that they assumed the dimen- sions suggested by the Question. I am happy to state that the funds of the Council are now in a more prosperous condition; and I believe that it will be found that few, if any, cases of importance are now omitted from the Reports. The ultimate annual saving proposed to be effected by the Supreme Court of Judicature (Ireland) Bill is estimated at over £11,000. There will, however, be no immediate saving; and I fear that there would be difficulty in giving practical effect to the suggestion of the hon. and learned Member. I should be exceedingly glad if a way were found.