Dáil Éireann - Volume 595 - 15 December, 2004

Written Answers. - Departmental Policy.

  213. Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he expects the codification of criminal law to be complete and enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33827/04]

  Mr. McDowell: The codification of criminal law will amount to a transformation of the existing format of criminal law into a criminal code. Given the wide-ranging nature of this project it must be managed in parallel with the existing programme of criminal law reform. Codification will be undertaken on a phased basis and as such there will not be a single criminal code enacted in the one go. Due to the long term nature of this project I have obtained Government approval for the appointment of a statutory criminal law codification advisory committee to oversee the codification process and ultimately once that goal is attained to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the criminal code. Pending the enactment of the necessary legislation, I intend that the committee will be established on a non-statutory basis.