Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (737)

Bernard J. Durkan


859 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of arrests on foot of arrest warrants in the past year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1332/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the information sought is not readily available and could only be obtained by the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources which could not be justified in the circumstances.

However, I can inform the Deputy that the following numbers of bench warrants were issued by the courts in 2002: District Court, 22,149; Circuit Court, 436. Figures for the year 2003 are not yet to hand.