Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (159)

Gino Kenny

Question:

159. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cannabis-related offences before the Court of Appeal in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14392/19]

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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 records of the Court of Appeal are not maintained in such a way as to facilitate an answer to this question. It would be necessary to conduct a manual check of each appeal heard during the period concerned where a drugs offence was the subject of the conviction and/or sentence under appeal and it is not feasible to do so. The position is the same in relation to records of the Court of Criminal Appeal for appeals heard by that Court in 2013 and up to the 28th October 2014 when the Court of Appeal was established and inherited the jurisdiction previously exercisable by the Court of Criminal Appeal.