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340. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of judges at each level from District Court to Supreme Court; the salary scales at each level; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40669/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to advise the Deputy that the number of posts provided for in each Court is as follows:
- The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice and nine ordinary judges;
- The Court of Appeal consists of a President and nine ordinary judges;
- The High Court consists of a President and thirty six ordinary judges (normally thirty five ordinary judges however the appointment of a Judge as Chair of the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission gives rise to the additional High Court post);
- The Circuit Court consists of a President and thirty seven ordinary judges, (it also comprises six specialist judges who were appointed to deal with the work arising as a result of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012); and
- The District Court consists of a President and sixty three ordinary judges.
There is currently one vacancy on the High Court bench. As the Deputy may be aware, my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is responsible for policy in relation to the salary of judges. However in order to be of assistance, the current rates of pay for members of the judiciary is set out in the table below:

Position Date Appointed Current Annual Remuneration
Chief Justice pre 1 Jan 2012 €231,726
post 1 Jan 2012 €209,088
President, Court of Appeal N/A €200,000
President, High Court pre 1 Jan 2012 €215,556
post 1 Jan 2012 €194,535
Judge, Supreme Court pre 1 Jan 2012 €202,622
post 1 Jan 2012 €182,895
Judge, Court of Appeal N/A €177,803
President, Circuit Court pre 1 Jan 2012 €196,155
post 1 Jan 2012 €177,075
Judge, High Court pre 1 Jan 2012 €191,306
post 1 Jan 2012 €172,710
President, District Court pre 1 Jan 2012 €150,763
post 1 Jan 2012 €135,992
Judge, Circuit Court pre 1 Jan 2012 €145,686
post 1 Jan 2012 €131,373
Judge, District Court pre 1 Jan 2012 €127,234
post 1 Jan 2012 €114,711