264. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of judgments sought in each year since 2011 by unregulated loan owners, retail credit firms and banks with regard to farm related debt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26309/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, 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 courts statistics are not compiled in such a way as to provide the information sought by the Deputy. The Courts Service has advised that it is not in a position to identify the proceedings referred to by the Deputy without the manual examination of all individual court files which would require the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources.