Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (158)

Gino Kenny


158. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the average sentence for those imprisoned for cannabis-related offences in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14391/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service and I have no role in the matter. Section 4(3) of the 1998 Act provides that the Courts Service is independent in the performance of its functions, which includes the provision of statistics.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the information sought by the Deputy cannot be provided as statistics on record refer to drugs offences generally and are not categorised by the type of drug.