11 firms to appear before independent body

The slow wheels of ‘justice’ turn in regard to the theft of tens of thousands of euros from victims of abuse. The Irish Times report:

In an interim report, the Law Society revealed that 11 firms of solicitors, in relation to 20 individual complaints, had been referred to the disciplinary tribunal for inquiry in relation to their conduct in redress board cases.

When a complaint is made, it is first considered by the society’s complaints committee.

In each of the complaints referred to the disciplinary tribunal, the committee has required the solicitor to make a refund of fees to their client with interest and without delay.

He said the disciplinary tribunal was independent of the Law Society and was the final forum. He estimated that the hearings could be heard in early 2006 and the process concluded around February or March.

If the solicitors were found to be guilty of misconduct their names and the rulings would be published, he said.

Normally, tribunal hearings are in public but under the redress board legislation claimants are guaranteed confidentiality so an application for privacy could be made.

Tribunal orders are as enforceable as High Court orders.

It is Day 42 since the controversy arose. Still no arrests.