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441. Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of maintenance orders issued in 2014 for the benefit of a child; the number of cases brought for non-compliance with a maintenance order in 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28303/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service. Section 4(3) of the 1998 Act provides that the Courts Service is independent in the performance of its functions, which includes 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 tables below provide details of maintenance orders issued in 2014 in the District and Circuit Court, and cases initiated in 2014 in respect of maintenance arrears (Circuit Court only).
Table 1: District Court - Maintenance orders made in 2014

Number Comment
Section (5) (A) (2) (Unmarried brought by other) 45 Child only
Section (5) (A) (1) (Unmarried) 3,450 Child only
Section (5) (1) (b) (Married but living apart/deserted) 223 Child only
Section (5) (1) (a) (Married) 1,542 May be for either child or spouse or both
Lump Sum 23 May be for either child or spouse or both

Table 2: Circuit Court - Maintenance orders made in 2014 (children only)
CIRCUIT COURT Civil Partnership Divorce Judicial Separation Other Total
Periodic payment to child 2 536 323 35 896
Lump sum payment to Child 0 30 14 2 46

Table 3: Maintenance Arrears: Cases initiated in 2014 in District Court
Recovery of Arrears - Attachment of Earnings 262
Recovery of Arrears - Arrears Summons 2,833
Reciprocal Jurisdiction - Recovery of Arrears 48
Non-Reciprocal Jurisdiction - Recovery of Arrears 9

Note: Information is not available as to whether cases initiated are in respect of children only, spouse only or child and spouse.