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The Legal Profession - An Irish Christian Liberal Democracy within the United Kingdom and the National Government of Ireland Act

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Michael Gillespie • July 2006

The Act should make provision for the election of the Supreme Council of Irish Jurists elected democratically.

The Supreme Council of Irish Jurists should consist of a judge who is representative of Ireland and is head of the Council and four judges coming from each one of the four provinces.

The entire legal profession should elect these judges democratically by postal ballot.

The Supreme Council of Irish Jurists, being elected democratically and not appointed by the Government, the Government and the Judiciary would be separate. The Supreme Council of Irish Jurists would be the equivalent of the Law lords in Great Britain.

The duties of the Supreme Council should be specified in the Act. These could be:

  1. To rule upon the interpretation of the National Government of Ireland Act, where the interpretation of the Act is in dispute or in doubt.
  2. To set reasonable legal costs.
  3. To set the annual salary of the Crown Irish.
  4. To draw up a list of people to be included in the Irish Honours list and present it to the Secretary of State for Ireland, who will organise the giving of honours list to the Crown Irish.
  5. To draw up a list of those deserving a National Grave.
  6. To rule on a sentence where the sentence passed in court has been repeatedly appealed.
  7. To set a limit to State funding to be spent by Political parties in a National or Provincial elections.
  8. To set a sufficient State fund for the Royal Society for the promotion of Irish Culture.
  9. To set the salaries of the Political bodies in Ireland at the request of the Taoiseach or the leader of a Provincial House.
  10. To set levels of pay for staff in Dublin Castle, the police service both National and Provincial and the Royal Irish Army, Navy and Air Force.

The Act should State, that in Ireland, trial is by jury and a person is deemed to be innocent until proven guilty, the trial being fair and based on evidence.

A sentence can be appealed and retried and ultimately placed before the Supreme Council of Irish Jurists and then if need be appealed to the European Court of Justice.

The Act should State that courts in Ireland are known as Crown Irish Courts.

The Act should stipulate as necessary that all buildings having to do with the Law, should have prominently displayed the Crown Irish Representation such as courts, legal offices and solicitor's offices.

The Act should stipulate as necessary that Crown Irish court buildings must display the Royal Flag of Ireland along with the four Provincial flags.

 

Next week, Religion and Policing.


Previously:
Article 1: Democracy
Article 2: The Way of Life
Article 3: The Crown Irish
Article 4: Rights, Freedoms
Article 5: The Legal Profession
Article 6: Government Politics
Article 7: Religion
Article 8: Policing
Article 9: The Army, the Navy and the Air Force
Article 10: The Orange Order

Debate:
Dual Presidency More Realistic
A Dual Presidency: An Improbable Solution to the Irish Problem

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27 August 2006

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In the Balance
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The Time for Revolutionary Marxism is NOW
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No! To A Holy War
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Rendition Collusion
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Rendition Flights
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An Open Letter to Martina Anderson
Dr John Coulter

An Honest Writer: Cristóir Ó Floinn
Seaghán Ó Murchú

A Dual Presidency: An Improbable Solution to the Irish Problem
Michael Gillespie

Federalism
Michéal Mhá Dúnnáin

Petition Calling for a Referendum on Irish Unification
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Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 5
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Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 6
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Number Crunching
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PFI Ventures Show the Con in all its Sordid Splendour
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The Man With the Planter Name
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Kevin Lynch, INLA Volunteer
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1981 Hunger Strike Commemoration in Chicago
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The Question of Paisley's Legacy
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Turf War
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Eoin O’Duffy’s biography by Fearghal McGarry
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The Proclamation to Me
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Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 3
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Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 4
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House on Notting Hill
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Courage, Muslim Leaders
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Middle East Conflict Has Abandoned Rules of War
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A Warning From History
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Cartoon Commissar
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