Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (236)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

236. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons who were sentenced in the courts in 2020 for sexual offences; the particulars of the offence in each case; the sentence in each case; the age and gender of each person convicted in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7565/21]

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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. This includes the provision of information on the courts system.

In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have made enquiries with the Courts Service, who have informed me that statistics in relation to sexual offences are not maintained in such a way as to provide the response sought by the Deputy.

Statistics on the category of sexual offences are set out in the Courts Service Annual Reports, which are available on the Courts Service website. I am also informed that Statistics for 2020 are being compiled in preparation for the publication of their 2020 Annual Report.

To be of assistance, I have included a link to their most recent Annual report below:

2019 Annual Report - https://www.courts.ie/acc/alfresco/9bd89c8a-3187-44c3-a2e9-ff0855e69cb5/CourtsServiceAnnualReport2019.pdf/pdf#view=fitH