1461. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice the up-to-date statistics on domestic violence cases issued in the Dublin District Court from 1 April 2020 to 1 April 2021 compared to the same period 2019 and 2020. [20033/21]
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. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made regarding the up-to-date statistics on domestic violence cases issued in the Dublin District Court from 1 April 2020 to 1 April 2021 compared to the same period 2019 and 2020
I am informed by the Courts Service that these statistics are compiled on an annual basis for the Courts Service Annual Report. The 2019 Annual Report, which was published last July, is available on the Courts Service website at: https://www.courts.ie/acc/alfresco/9bd89c8a-3187-44c3-a2e9-ff0855e69cb5/CourtsServiceAnnualReport2019.pdf/pdf#view=fitH.
The figures for the 2020 Annual Report are still being compiled and are not yet finalised so the Courts Service is regrettably not in a position to provide these to the Deputy.
However, I can assure the Deputy that from the outset of the pandemic, the Courts Service has prioritised urgent matters including domestic violence applications and this will continue.