275. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the various sections of the Bankruptcy (Amendment) Act 2015 will commence; if it is necessary to bring forward commencement orders to ensure that would-be applicants for bankruptcy under the new regime can immediately avail of them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3194/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy is aware, the Bankruptcy (Amendment) Act 2015 provided for commencement orders to bring its provisions into effect. I wish to inform the Deputy that most of the provisions of the Act will be commenced later this month.
The only provisions not commenced under the Order are those dealing with the abolition of the requirement for a 'statutory sitting' of the High Court in bankruptcy cases (sections 3, 4, 5, 13 and 14). Those provisions require changes to the relevant Court Rules and will be the subject of a later commencement order.