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407. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the percentage of High Court cases under judicial review and Article 40 cases brought by applicants that were opposed. [49609/14]

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.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the information sought by the Deputy can only be retrieved by way of a manual examination of each individual court record. As I am sure the Deputy will appreciate, this would require the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources which cannot be justified. The Courts Service has informed me that statistics on the overall number of Article 40 and Judicial Review applications are published in the Courts Service Annual Report which is available at www.courts.ie