Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (185)

Mick Wallace

Question:

185. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the detail of each special exemption order granted by Court District No. 17 from 1 December 2014 to 31 December 2015 in chronological order; and the specific date and licensed premises to which each special exemption order relates. [4791/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that court statistics and information are not compiled in such a way as to provide the detail sought by the Deputy. Licensing applications are not computerised and, therefore, to provide the information sought would involve a trawl of documentation for each court in District No. 17 (in excess of 200 courts) and the collation of data sought in respect of in excess of 2,200 special exemptions granted from 1 December 2014 to 31 December 2015. It would require a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources to collate the data required. 

However, the Courts Service has advised that it is currently in the process of implementing an eLicensing system throughout the country, which will include the provision of management information.