Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (551)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

551. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons waiting on mediation through the free legal aid system; the length of time they are waiting; the waiting times for same by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13744/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes where those in dispute meet with a third party who helps them to negotiate an agreed resolution. The Family Mediation Service is provided by the Legal Aid Board.

The waiting times for family mediation services as of 28 February 2019 are set out on an office by office basis, in the table below, the details of which have been provided to me by the Legal Aid Board. These details are maintained by the Legal Aid Board in terms of numbers waiting and the waiting times involved on an office by office basis rather than by county.

I am also informed by the Legal Aid Board that short notice appointments will be provided to those who can take a cancelled appointment at the last minute. Those clients who have a pending court date are accommodated, if possible, with priority appointments.

The Legal Aid Board has advised me that the number waiting for mediation may include some clients who have already been offered appointments and have not been able to accept them for one reason or another.

Number Waiting at end February

Approx Waiting times (weeks)

County

Town

Cork

Cork

58

24

Donegal

Letterkenny

19

12

Dublin

Jervis Street

56

16

Tallaght

36

16

Blanchardstown

54

20

Galway

Galway

23

12

Kerry

Tralee

9

10

Kilkenny

Kilkenny

7

8

Laois

Portlaoise

30

16

Limerick

Limerick

17

10

Louth

Dundalk

47

48

Mayo

Castlebar

7

8

Sligo

Sligo

9

8

Waterford

Waterford

11

6

Westmeath

Athlone

23

16

Wexford

Wexford

27

16