Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Questions (709)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

709. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the number of arrests made for breach of the in-camera rule in the Family Law Courts in each of the years 2015 to 2019 and to date in 2020; and the number of persons charged and jailed, respectively. [26710/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that the Garda Síochána Analysis Service have examined possible incidents of  ‘Prohibition on Publication’, ‘Contempt of Court’ and ‘Family Law’.  GSAS have also looked at offences, charges and summons that may reference Section 40 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 on proceedings heard otherwise than in public.  GSAS report that, to date, they cannot find anything in relation to the matter.

I am further informed by the Courts Service of Ireland that they do not have any data on breaches of the in-camera rule.  The majority of in-camera breaches would be dealt with as a contempt of court and addressed as such.