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. The Courts Service is independent in exercising its functions and these include the provision of information on the courts system.
In order to be of assistance to the Deputy I have requested that enquiries made. In response to those enquiries, the Courts Service has informed me that they do not compile data in a way that can provide the details sought by the Deputy.
The specific reasons why the details sought in parts a) to e) of the question cannot be provided are set out below:
- In relation to the details sought in parts a) and b), the Courts Service does not ask people to provide their age, gender or disability for applications under the Domestic Violence Acts (1996/2018).
- In relation to part c), the recording system cannot provide the categories of information that are sought. The Courts Service can only provide information on the number of applications made by type (e.g. total number of applications for a safety order). These figures are published in the Courts Service annual reports.
- In relation to part d), the Courts Service does not ask people to provide their age, gender or disability or other personal information such as their vulnerability. In addition, the system cannot create a report that shows how many applications were made by the Child and Family Agency (TUSLA) under section 11 of the 2018 Act/section 6 of the 1996 Act.
- In relation to part e), the Courts Service does not record this information on their systems.