Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (581)

Brendan Ryan


581. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 107 of 23 January 2019, if a decision has been made on the future delivery of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14190/19]

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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, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the review of the future delivery of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock is in its final stages. Consultation has already taken place with the relevant stakeholders including TDs, legal practitioners, the Irish Prison Service, An Garda Síochána and members of the Judiciary.

The Courts Service has advised that details and costing of works that would be required to repair Kilcock Courthouse have been received from the Office of Public Works and that a report was considered by the Courts Service Building Committee on 19 March 2019. I understand that a further consultation with relevant stakeholders will now be carried out.

The Courts Service has further advised that a decision in relation to the closure of a Court venue is a matter for Courts Service Board and that it is expected that a report will be brought to the Board at its meeting in June 2019 when the consultation process has been completed.