Judges to boycott Finucane Inquiry?

The family of Pat Finucane recently called for judges to boycott the planned public inquiry into his death, because of the restrictions imposed by the Inquiries Act.

Nuzhound has a story from the Irish News which suggests their appeal may be having an effect.

An unnamed appeal court judge also accused the government of trying to control the judiciary.

"Under the Inquiries Act [ministers] can direct the judge to go into private and they can direct the judge not to show documents to the other side," the judge said.

A second unnamed appeal court judge went further: "The powers they’ve abrogated to themselves under the Inquiries Act 2005 are really quite worrying.

"One could see the potential there for abuse. There are undoubtedly areas where the government is moving more and more to straitjacket the courts."







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