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97. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount paid to county and District Court sheriffs in poundage fees payments for each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38106/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The fees charged by Sheriffs in the execution of Court Orders are set out in the Sheriff's Fees and Expenses Order 2005 (Statutory Instrument No. 644 of 2005).
Sheriffs are officers of the court and are independent in the exercise of their functions and duties under statute and rules of court. The Sheriff is responsible to the court for the enforcement of the court orders and the law and procedures governing the execution of court orders are contained in the Enforcement of Court Orders Acts, 1926 to 1940 and the Rules of Court made thereunder and the Minister for Justice and Equality has no function in the matter.
Records relating to the amounts in poundage fees collected by sheriffs for the execution of court orders are not held in my Department. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I will make enquiries and I will write to the Deputy directly in early course.