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Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016

Highlights

 

Civil cases:

o 21,898 personal injury suits filed – a 15% increase on 2015

o 157 cases in High Court Commercial List – a 6% increase on 2015

o 1,135 orders for possession – 47 in High Court, a 58% decrease on 2015, and 1,088 in Circuit Court, a 42% decrease on 2015

o 526 people adjudicated bankrupt in High Court – 28 on foot of applications by creditors and 498 by debtors (self adjudications) – a 12% increase on 2015 and a 17% increase on 2014

o 2,114 applications received in Circuit Court under the debt resolution mechanisms introduced by the Personal Insolvency Act, 2012 – a 22% increase on 2015 and a 125% increase on 2014

o 1,353 applications for judicial separation – a 4% decrease on 2015 – the majority in both Circuit Court (73%) and High Court (83%) by wives

o 4,179 applications for divorce – a 3% decrease on 2015 – the majority in both Circuit Court (57%) and High Court (59%) by wives

o 61 applications to dissolve partnerships in Circuit Court – the majority (66%) by females

o 15,227 applications to District Court under the domestic violence legislation – a 6% increase on 2015

o 9,991 child care applications – a 2% decrease on 2015

o 1,139 applications to appoint care representatives in Circuit Court – a 113% increase on 2015

Criminal cases:

o 60% of orders in District Court relate to road traffic offences – little change from 2015

o 7,800 orders in respect of drink driving offences – an 8% increase on 2015, and an 8% decrease on 2014

o 13,127 orders in respect of drugs offences in District Court – a 6% increase on 2015

o 28,368 orders in respect of public order offences in District Court – a 7% increase on 2015

o 47% of offences in Circuit Court relate to fraud/theft/robbery

o 93 trials in Central Criminal Court – a 27% increase on 2015 and a 48% increase on 2014

o murder convictions in respect of 17 offences in Central Criminal Court

o rape convictions in respect of 277 offences in Central Criminal Court

Court of Appeal:

o 924 new appeals – 591 civil and 333 criminal – little change from 2015

o 780 appeals disposed of – 451 civil and 329 criminal - a 6% increase on 2015

Supreme Court:

o 152 applications for leave to appeal – a 58% increase on 2015

o 38% of applications for leave to appeal granted