Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (213)

Catherine Martin

Question:

213. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to ensure the Courts Service provides a detailed breakdown of road traffic offences in an open format that would allow for the analysis of trends over date and by region in view of the fact that the absence of such data may be inhibiting evidence-based policy formation in achieving road safety goals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53712/19]

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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 is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions and this includes the provision of information on the courts system.

I am informed by the Courts Service that, as part of its modernisation programme, it is prioritising investment in ICT infrastructure that will enhance the service provided to the public. I am further informed that it is expected that one of the results of this investment will be an enhanced statistical and data function that should facilitate the regular publication of data in respect of business before the Courts.

This is a welcome development and one which I hope will enhance the possibility for additional analysis and as a valuable input to evidence-based policy formation. I am informed that in the interim, the Courts Service is examining the feasibility of preparing useful data, on a periodic basis, using existing systems.

The Deputy may also be interested to know that the Courts Service already publishes some data in relation to road traffic at the following addresses.

Data relating to road traffic for the Circuit Criminal Court: http://courts.ie/Courts.ie/Library3.nsf/pagecurrent/1F3CEE207A7A353F802580290053EDBB?opendocument

Data relating to road traffic for the District Criminal Court:

http://www.courts.ie/Courts.ie/Library3.nsf/pagecurrent/45FC467C4F5C9F598025802500373869?opendocument

As the Deputy may be aware, the RSA also publishes a certain amount of data relating to road safety at the following address https://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Road-Safety/RSA-Statistics/.