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Kelly - Report by Commissioner for Judicial Appointments

18 August, 2003

Commenting on a report by the Commissioner for Judicial Appointments, John Simpson, Sinn Féin representative Gerry Kelly said:

Gerry Kelly said:

"The judiciary in the north is partisan and unrepresentative and does not enjoy the support or confidence of the nationalist and republican community. Recent judgements concerning the refusal to grant bail to nationalists while bending over backwards to facilitate loyalists attending Twelfth parades has served to underline this.

"During the negotiations Sinn Féin argued for mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that an acceptable and representative judiciary is put in place. We welcome any moves along this road and will look closely at today's report." ENDS

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