Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (107)

Brendan Ryan

Ceist:

107. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 149 of 21 November 2018, if the review is now complete; if so, if the report on the review has been presented to the Courts Service building committee and the Courts Service Board; if a decision has been made on the future delivery of court services in the district court area of Kilcock, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3122/19]

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, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the review of the future delivery of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock is nearing completion. Consultation has already taken place with the relevant stakeholders including TDs, legal practitioners, the Irish Prison Service, An Garda Síochána and members of the Judiciary.

The Courts Service has advised that details and costing of works that would be required to repair Kilcock Courthouse have recently been received from the Office of Public Works and that a report is being prepared to present at the next meeting of the Courts Service Building Committee in February 2019. The Courts Service has further advised that any decision on the future delivery of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock will be made following consideration of the matter by the Building Committee and the Courts Service Board.