Gardai maliciously injured in the line of duty are having to wait years for compensation, with some Gardai having to wait for over a decade for their application to processed. A Garda is entitled to seek compensation if the Minister for Justice is of the opinion that the member sustained an injury that is not minor in nature, while on duty and was maliciously inflicted the Minister will issue a certificate of Authorisation authorising the applicant to lodge proceedings in the High Court for compensation where both the Garda and the State will be represented by Barristers. Consequently the process is archaic, uneccesarily complicated and costly to the state.This matter ought to be taken out of the High Court. In 2012 the government approved of a new scheme to speed up the process but has yet to implement it. The Minister at the time accepted that the revised scheme was expected to save about €3 million each year in reduced awards, legal fees and administrative costs. However, it has yet to be implemented. This new scheme would speed up the process, drive down costs and free up the valuable time of High Court Judges to concentrate on other areas of law where there are chronic delays. Gardai who put their safety in harms way for the benefit of our community are entitled to expect speedy compensation for their suffering. In a response to Bobby Aylward TD the Minister confirmed that there are currently 317 Gardai waiting for compensation claims to be processed by the Department.