The main purpose of the Courts Bill 2013 is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the courts system in dealing with certain matters by—

(a) extending the monetary jurisdiction limits of both the Circuit and District Courts in civil cases.

(b) changing the in camera rule to provide for the attendance by bona fide members of the press in court at family law and child care proceedings to enable greater reporting of such matters in the public interest, while maintaining the protection of the confidentiality of the parties and witnesses, particularly children, involved in the proceedings.

The Bill can be viewed on the Oireachtas Website: www.oireachtas.ie