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90. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual cost of the computer system for the Courts Service for each year since 2011; the improvements and changes made in hardware or software for each of those years; the purpose of such changes; her plans for future investment; the purpose and timeframe for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10746/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to inform the Deputy that, 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.
In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the table below sets out the annual cost for managing, maintaining, supporting and developing ICT systems and telecommunications in the Courts Service for the period requested.

Year ICT Expenditure
2011 €7,596,019
2012 €6,509,120
2013 €6,867,556
2014 €6,803,017

The Courts Service has made extensive changes and improvements to their ICT systems during this period. It has also planned for further enhancements in the coming years. I have therefore asked the Courts Service to write directly to the Deputy with this information and with details of their future plans.