Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Ceisteanna (516)

John Deasy

Ceist:

516. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prosecutions that were struck out by District Court district in 2015 and 2016. [54626/17]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had inquiries made and the Courts Service has provided information in the following table on the number of offences disposed of and strike outs by District Court district in 2015 and 2016 which relates to all prosecutions.

The figures provided by the Courts Service indicate that a certain percentage of cases are struck out for non-service. Challenges in relation to effecting service of summons in certain circumstances relate to such matters as inaccurate address data, persons moving address, or living in multi-occupancy dwellings or other settings which make service difficult. In addition, certain persons will take steps to evade service and similar difficulties are experienced by many other police forces. It should be noted that where a summons is struck out, An Garda Síochána may apply to the appropriate court office for the reissue of the summons. 

Report on number of offences disposed of and strike outs by District Court District in 2015 and 2016:

District  

Number of Offences in 2015

Strike   Out in 2015

Strike Out - Not Served

in 2015

Number of Offences in 2016

Strike   Out in 2016

Strike Out - Not Served

in 2016

DISTRICT   NO. 1

7,707

2,547

1,829

6,536

2,123

1,360

DISTRICT   NO. 2

7,252

2,606

1,817

6,531

2,508

1,355

DISTRICT   NO. 3

4,308

476

537

4,594

417

842

DISTRICT   NO. 4

10,952

3,375

2,067

9,404

3,210

1,965

DISTRICT   NO. 5

9,902

3,420

2,236

10,303

2,222

2,114

DISTRICT   NO. 6

9,985

3,173

1,840

10,861

3,607

1,617

DISTRICT   NO. 7

11,903

2,817

2,182

11,661

2,744

1,877

DISTRICT   NO. 8

8,331

2,531

1,440

7,403

2,373

1,544

DISTRICT   NO. 9

13,467

5,309

2,830

12,811

4,848

2,107

DISTRICT   NO. 10

7,728

2,707

1,867

6,844

2,606

1,227

DISTRICT   NO. 12

13,859

5,554

2,549

11,901

2,502

2,301

DISTRICT   NO. 13

25,285

6,049

4,542

24,641

5,506

4,325

DISTRICT   NO. 15

11,445

3,368

2,287

12,275

3,792

3,047

DISTRICT   NO. 16

9,380

3,111

2,060

7,940

2,938

1,550

DISTRICT   NO. 17

10,775

2,773

3,027

9,363

2,353

1,753

DISTRICT   NO. 18

7,630

1,247

1,411

6,080

1,026

1,271

DISTRICT   NO. 19

26,494

6,919

5,566

24,756

5,986

5,159

DISTRICT   NO. 20

12,530

4,076

2,912

11,040

3,639

2,651

DISTRICT   NO. 21

8,866

2,601

1,992

8,869

2,690

1,981

DISTRICT   NO. 22

12,460

2,945

2,303

11,178

2,413

2,057

DISTRICT   NO. 23

8,170

2,567

1,106

8,881

2,757

1,253

DISTRICT   NO. 24

6,743

3,027

1,385

6,582

3,092

1,235

DISTRICT   NO. 25

12,885

1,211

3,260

11,730

1,015

3,053

DUBLIN   METROPOLITAN DISTRICT

135,347

46,796

25,596

137,792

47,970

30,518

Total

393,404

121,205

78,641

379,976

114,337

78,162

Note: Any change to the figures in the Annual Report of the total number of strike outs in the District Court in 2015-2016, excluding strike outs not served, relate to changes in the status of cases since the figures in the Annual Report was completed.