Aistrigh go Gaeilge an sliocht seo thíos, atá curtha in oiriúint ón doiciméad taighde Determination of Life Sentences ó shuíomh Gréasáin an Choimisiúin um Chearta an Duine in Éirinn. Tá tráchtaireacht ar na fadhbanna aistriúcháin sa téacs seo in Nótaí ar chleachtadh 15.
This report evaluates the determination of life sentences in the light of the European Convention of Human Rights and the associated jurisprudence of the European Court of
Human Rights. The principal conclusion is that current Irish law does not comply with European human rights law.
Unlike a sentence of imprisonment for a term of years, a life sentence is by its very nature indeterminate. A person who is sentenced to a fixed term knows the date on
which he can expect to be released but the life sentence prisoner has no such guarantee. In Ireland, the current position is that his or her release is a matter for the executive, in the form of the Minister for Justice and Equality, to decide. The Minister is advised by a non-statutory body (the Parole Board), but, crucially, the Minister is not bound by that advice: the question of release of a prisoner is for the Minister alone.