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164. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the funding provided to the Courts Service in 2016, 2017 and 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40747/18]

165. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the funding provided to the Circuit Court in 2016, 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40748/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together.
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 the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the funding provided to the Circuit Court in 2016, 2017 and 2018 is not available. Courts Service funding is not allocated by court jurisdiction but instead by areas of expenditure across all jurisdictions and therefore it is not possible to provide the budgetary data requested by the Deputy.
The funding to agencies under the remit of my Department is provided through the annual estimates process. The information in respect of the Courts Service Vote is set out below.
The Gross Funding includes funding for Pay, Non-Pay Current and Capital. Net Funding is the Gross Funding less the Appropriations-in-Aid (income) element of the Courts Service Voted funds.
Annual Exchequer Funding to the Courts Service: 2016 - 2018

Year Total Gross Funding Appropriations in Aid Total Net Funding
€’000 €’000 €’000
2018 131,575 47,969 83,606
2017 140,080* 47,828 92,252
2016 113,172 47,503 65,669

* Included in the 2017 budget is funding for the once-off up-front VAT payment in relation to PPP Projects.
Source: Revised Estimates Volume for the respective years.