Recently appointed Chief Justice Frank Clarke has said he is concerned that people are not able to vindicate their rights because of the cost of going to court.

Speaking on RTÉ's Marian Finucane programme, he described the cost as "huge", and one that needs to be looked at, so that it cannot be abused by tactical, costly trawls through documents.

On the Judicial Appointments Bill, he said he would "be happy enough," if there was "an equal number of lay and legal people on the panel".

However, he had concerns that those with an agenda would seek to influence decisions.

On the issue of misconduct of a member of judiciary, he said, "there is a case to be made that serious misconduct of a judge, if found after a proper process, should be made public," and that this is something he wants to discuss with colleagues.

Reacting to comments made in the Dáil by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that the former Attorney General Maire Whelan "was no Frank Clarke and no Adrian Hardiman", he said he was "morto".