Written Answers. - Family Law Court.

Jim Higgins

Question:

804 Mr. Higgins (Mayo) asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of judges assigned to the family law courts; the number of cases listed for hearing at the courts; and the number of cases discharged for each of the years 1997 and 1998. [1241/99]

No judge is specifically assigned to hear family law cases in particular. In the Dublin Metropolitan District Court there are two family law courts permanently sitting. Occasionally, when accommodation is available, a third court also sits to hear family law cases. In the Dublin Circuit Court there are also two courts sitting permanently to deal with family law. In the High Court, one court sits four days a week specifically to deal with family law cases and applications. In the Provincial District Court areas family law is dealt with at almost every sitting. In addition special courts are held to deal solely with family law. In relation to the Provincial Circuit Courts, days are assigned by the county registrar to deal with family law.

I have set out statistics showing the number of family law cases heard in the District Court for the legal years 1996-97 and 1997-98. For the higher courts the tables show statistics for divorce and judicial separation applications received and granted for 1996-97 and 1997-98, and cases still on hands as of 31 July 1998.

Family Law Cases Heard in the District Courts.

District Court Area

No. of Family Law Cases heardYear ended 31-7-97

No. of Family Law Cases heardYear ended 31-7-98**

Athlone

236

227

Ballina

60

131

Ballinasloe

121

145

Bandon

184

195

Bray

421

504

Carlow

157

230

Carrick-On-Shannon

29

40

Castlebar

104

110

Cavan

139

97

Clonmel

237

237

Cork

1,978

1,661

Derrynea

33

22

Donegal

121

138

Drogheda

635

549

Dundalk

417

404

Ennis

540

603

Fermoy

84

80

Galway

445

584

Gorey

61

107

Kilkenny

150

250

Killarney

86

136

Letterkenny

271

274

Limerick

966

993

Listowel

137

236

Longford

171

123

Loughrea

67

108

Mallow

160

202

Monaghan

149

115

Mullingar

115

91

Naas

468

499

Nenagh

89

89

Portlaoise

341

281

Roscommon

51

51

Sligo

195

209

Thurles

74

125

Tralee

374

336

Trim

357

399

Tuam

53

57

Tullamore

113

143

Waterford

194

191

Wexford

328

302

Youghal

145

175

Dublin Metropolitan

9,989

9,371

Totals

21,045

20,820

**Provisional data.
Divorce and Judicial Separation – Year Ending 31st July 1997

Circuit Court Office

Divorce applications received

Divorce applications granted

Applications for Judicial Separations

Judicial Separations granted

Carlow

1

1

13

26

Carrick-on-Shannon

1

1

15

11

Castlebar

2

3

30

25

Cavan

5

1

16

10

Clonmel

5

0

36

54

Cork

44

4

172

124

Dublin

216

49

448

659

Dundalk

5

3

50

42

Ennis

12

4

23

37

Galway

N.A.

7

23

65

Kilkenny

3

0

14

19

Letterkenny

3

2

22

15

Limerick

10

0

32

60

Longford

0

0

5

6

Monaghan

0

0

31

21

Mullingar

4

2

20

19

Naas

18

1

50

28

Portlaoise

4

1

25

14

Roscommon

3

0

16

11

Circuit Court Office

Divorce applications received

Divorce applications granted

Applications for Judicial Separations

Judicial Separations granted

Sligo

6

6

8

11

Tralee

9

1

25

12

Trim

12

1

33

30

Tullamore

4

1

9

18

Waterford

20

0

14

22

Wexford

8

2

34

32

Wicklow

14

3

44

60

High Court

8

2

54

50

Supreme Court

0

0

1

0

Totals

417

95

1,263

1,481

Divorce and Judicial Separation – Year Ending 31st July 1998

Cirucit Court Office

Divorce application received

Divorce granted

Divorce application on hands

Judicial Separation received

Judicial Separation granted

Judicial Separation on hands

Carlow

34

9

25

19

2

23

Carrick-on-Shannon

9

6

3

10

7

18

Castlebar

62

27

37

49

17

44

Cavan

26

12

14

16

9

14

Clonmel

64

31

35

41

31

35

Cork

268

131

282

228

107

186

Dublin

1,277

715

694

567

421

729

Dundalk

76

35

36

37

41

41

Ennis

48

25

38

38

13

31

Galway

59

61

0

21

29

0

Kilkenny

45

18

30

37

20

30

Letterkenny

57

19

38

59

13

55

Limerick

105

34

81

68

33

87

Longford

17

16

1

5

2

4

Monaghan

26

11

23

40

20

37

Mullingar

42

20

24

13

7

14

Naas

67

28

62

47

17

74

Portlaoise

16

8

17

14

4

21

Roscommon

11

10

11

8

7

4

Sligo

18

15

3

12

5

9

Tralee

89

31

58

44

28

16

Trim

54

26

28

30

19

11

Tullamore

20

14

9

17

7

13

Waterford

76

52

47

30

24

14

Wexford

88

53

41

27

29

18

Wicklow

32

11

51

17

6

22

High Court

36

13

23

56

26

N/A

Supreme Court

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

2,722

1,431

1,711

1,550

944

1,550