Ireland has made significant changes to its court structure after a referendum on the Thirty-third Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2013 was passed on Friday. This Bill will amend the Constitution of Ireland to establish a Court of Appeal, taking over the appellate jurisdiction of the Irish Supreme Court in order for it to be able to focus on constitutional matters. Other changes that will be introduced include the removal of the requirement that the Supreme Court must issue a single judgment when ruling on challenges to the constitutionality of Acts passed by the Oireachtas, allowing individual judges to contribute their own judgments.

It was also announced that written submissions to the Supreme Court of Ireland will be made available to the public once the hearing begins as part of a drive to increase transparency.