Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (438, 439)

Ciara Conway

Question:

438. Deputy Ciara Conway asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will confirm the current waiting period for the grant of probate in Waterford court; the reasons for this delay; the measures being taken to tackle the waiting period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15314/14]

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Ciara Conway

Question:

439. Deputy Ciara Conway asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide, in tabular form, the current waiting period in weeks for the granting of probate in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15315/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 438 and 439 together.

The Probate Office is an office of the High Court and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which, as the Deputy will be aware, is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service Act 1998. However, I have asked the Courts Service for the information in the detailed format sought by the Deputy and I will write to her directly as soon as it is to hand.