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Sentencing Guidelines and Information Committee

Update on the Committee's work

The Functions

The functions of the Committee shall be to:

  • prepare and submit to the Board for its review draft sentencing guidelines,

  • prepare and submit to the Board for its review draft amendments to sentencing guidelines adopted by the Council,

  • monitor the operation of sentencing guidelines,

  • collate, in such manner as it considers appropriate, information on sentences imposed by the Courts, and

  • disseminate that information from time to time to judges and persons other than judges.

The Committee

The Committee is comprised of the following 13 members:

  • Eight judges nominated by the Chief Justice, which includes one judge from each of the 5 jurisdictions

  • Five lay members appointed by Government.

The members of the Committee are as follows:

  • Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley (Chair)
  • Mr Justice John Edwards
  • Mr Justice Tony Hunt
  • Mr Justice Paul Coffey
  • Ms Justice Tara Burns
  • Judge Keenan Johnson
  • Judge Francis Comerford
  • Judge Paula Murphy
  • Mr Vivian Geiran
  • Dr Diarmuid Griffin
  • Mr Michael O'Sullivan
  • Ms Marianne O'Kane
  • Dr Sinéad Ring

The Judicial Council Act provides that the Judicial Council nominate a date for establishment of this Committee at its first meeting. The date was fixed by the Council as the 30th of June 2020 and the Committee held its first meeting on the 28th of July 2020.