Courts Service Act, 1998

Strategic plans.

7.—(1) As soon as practicable after the establishment day and within six months before each third anniversary of the establishment day the Service shall prepare and submit to the Minister, for approval by the Minister with or without amendment, a strategic plan for the ensuing three year period.

(2) A strategic plan shall—

(a) comprise the key objectives, outputs and related strategies (including use of resources) of the Service,

(b) be prepared in a form and manner in accordance with any directions issued from time to time by the Minister,

(c) have regard to the need to ensure the most beneficial, effective and efficient use of the resources of the Service, and

(d) have regard to the Government policy on bilingualism and, in particular, to the need to ensure that an adequate number of staff are competent in the Irish language so as to be able to provide service through Irish as well as English.

(3) The Minister shall, as soon as practicable after the strategic plan has been approved, cause a copy of the strategic plan to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.