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507. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of protection orders, safety orders and barring orders applied for and granted by the District Courts in 2013, in 2014 and in 2015 to date; if she will provide a breakdown of these figures for each year, by gender; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20452/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to inform the Deputy that, 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 this information is collated annually. Figures for 2014 are currently being collated and I will write to the Deputy as soon as they are to hand. Figures for 2015 will not become available until 2016. I am informed that court statistics are not compiled in such a way as to provide a breakdown of gender. The table sets out the number of protection orders, safety orders and barring orders applied for and granted by the District Courts in 2013.

Type of Order Number of Applications Number of Applications Granted
Protection Order 4,529 4,142
Safety Order 5,334 2,381
Barring Order 2,738 1,167
Interim Barring Order 674 522