Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys has welcomed the publication of the first ever report of the Judicial Council.

The council, which is made up of all of the country's judges, was established in December 2019 and met for the first time early last year.

It deals with the training, conduct and ethics of judges, as well as setting out guidelines for sentencing and for personal injury actions.

It approved new guidelines for personal injuries cases in March this year and the minister said early indications were that these guidelines were already reducing the size of awards.

This year, the council aims to establish guidelines in relation to judicial conduct and ethics and to develop an education and training programme for judges.

Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke said the judicial studies director, Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty, and her committee had ambitious plans for judicial education.

He said he believed this was the council’s most important function.