Examinations of practice, policy and procedure of the Garda Síochána are undertaken in line with section 106 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
They do not focus on the behaviour of individual gardaí but rather on Garda practice, policy and procedure which may be causing complaints, or have come to GSOC’s notice as an issue, in the course of our investigations.
Up until legislative amendments in 2015, GSOC needed the permission of the Minister for Justice and Equality to undertake these examinations. Since, GSOC has the freedom to undertake these examinations when it sees fit.
Two such examinations have been conducted and the reports can be read below.
Dealing with people committed to custody on remand by a court
This examination was commenced in June 2014 on request of the Minster for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD. The report was delivered to and published by the Minister in June 2015.
S106 Remand Pub
An examination under section 106 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, into the practice, policy and procedure employed by the Garda Síochána.
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The Fixed Charge Processing System
This examination was delivered to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Dermot Ahern TD, in May 2009. It was the first of these examinations undertaken by GSOC and it highlighed issues and made recommendations in relation to the Fixed Charge Processing System. The Department of Justice published the report in March 2014.
S106 FCPS Examination
Examination of Practice, Policy and Procedure under section 106 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 in regard to the Fixed Charge Processing System as operated by the Garda Síochána.
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