Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (372)

John Lyons

Question:

372. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of referrals that have been made from the District Court to the drugs court programme for persons from the Dublin North West constituency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11036/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the catchment area served by the Drug Treatment Court was significantly expanded with effect from July 2011 and the Court is now in a position to deal with offenders from a much wider area including offenders who are resident in all areas of Dublin north of the river Liffey and to offenders receiving treatment in the Castle Street Drug Treatment Centre which provides services to people residing in Dublin 2,4,6 and 8. Not all of the Dublin North West constituency was within the catchment area of the Court prior to 2011. Details are provided in the table below of the numbers of people referred to the Drug Treatment Court Programme with an address in the Dublin North West Constituency.

Year

Number of Referrals

2009

1

2010

3

2011

2

2012

9

The Support and Advisory Committee for the Drug Treatment Court has finalised a detailed evaluation of the court's operation and a report which was recently submitted is now under consideration in my Department.