Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) 1737 was passed
Parliament of Ireland
Parliament of Ireland in 1737. This Act, which forbids the use
of any language but English in court proceedings, is still in force in
Northern Ireland, and is primary, mandatory legislation that must be
followed by all courts in the jurisdiction. The equivalents of
this Act passed for
England in 1731 and for
Wales in 1733 were
repealed in 1863.
Northern Ireland is thus the only area in the United
Kingdom and Ireland, which has retained this legislation.
The statute was primarily directed at the perceived problem caused by
the widespread use of legal French and Latin in courts but has had the
effect of excluding autochthonous languages, given that it "excludes
the use of any other tongue or language whatsoever". The Act is
Irish language advocates, due to the fact that in
Northern Ireland, a court proceeding cannot be carried out in the
Administration of Justice Act
Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) 1737 (c.6)
Droim láimhe is diúltú glan don Ghaeilge (Total rejection of Irish
Revised Statute from The UK Statute Law Database
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ni/?id=2010-04-26.7.1 Mark Durkan, MLA,
MP questions the Minister for Justice, Mr David Ford, MLA.
(Sinn Féin leader
Gerry Adams supports the abolition of the Act)
http://irishmediawatch.com/?p=1847 Céim Siar Maidir le Stádas na
Gaeilge ó Thuaidh A blow to the status of the Irish Gaelic Language
in the North of Ireland.
^ 2009 court ruling reviewing the act Archived July 16, 2011, at the
^ Court of Appeal upholds Administration of Justice (Lan