HC Deb 05 March 1891 vol 351 cc257-8

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that complaints have been made by suitors and the public generally in regard to the delay on the part of the officials of the different Courts connected with the Pour Courts, Dublin, in making up the orders and decrees given by the different Judges, almost a month, and sometimes even two months, elapsing in getting out the order; whether the different Law Societies have repeatedly complained of such delays; and, whether, in view of the fact that the hours of attendance at the Four Courts are from 11.30 to 3.30, whereas in London the Judges sit from 10.30 to 4.30, some steps will be taken at an early date to ensure the greater despatch of business at these Courts, in the interest of the professional gentlemen practising there and of the public at large?


I am not able to accept the statements of fact contained in the question of my hon. Friend, either as to the hours of attendance at the Four Courts, or as to the existence of repeated complaints of delay on the part of the officials of this Court. As regards the Common Law Divisions I find that no complaints have been made on the score of delay, and that orders are issued within a day or two after they have been made by the Judges. As regards the Chancery Division the matter appears to have been brought before the Lord Chancellor by the Council of the Incorporated Law Society in November, 1890, and is referred to in their last Report, from which it would appear that their complaints are directed rather against the course of procedure in this division than against the action of the officials of the Courts. I am informed that no complaints have been made since that date. From the nature of orders in the Chancery Division, it would be impossible to have them drawn up and issued as rapidly as the ordinary run of Common Law Orders, and I have no reason to believe that suitors have any just ground of complaint on the score of delay.