1422. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice when she will expect a sheriff to be appointed to County Cavan; the resources that will be available to clear the backlog of cases; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19151/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): Under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in its functions. Moreover, Sheriffs (or County Registrars acting as Sheriffs) are officers of the Court and are also independent in the exercise of their functions and duties under statute and rules of court.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and I have been advised by the Courts Service that there is no Sheriff vacancy in County Cavan. A Sheriff is currently in position there.
I am also advised by the Courts Service that there are currently no backlogs in Cavan with the exception of some tasks that involve travel and direct engagement between the Sheriff, his staff and clients. These tasks unfortunately cannot be undertaken at present due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, I understand that this work is expected to resume as restrictions ease.