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502. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of proceedings lodged in respect of repossession cases before the courts involving the family home; the number of proceedings dealt with; the number of adjournments granted in each of the years 2015 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24980/18]

Answer

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, further to PQ 23433/18 on 29 May 2018, provided information on the number of Circuit Court proceedings in respect of properties identified as the primary home lodged in 2015-2017 as well as the number of proceedings dealt with in 2015-2017.

Possession Proceedings in the Circuit Court in respect of properties identified as the Primary Home in 2015 - 2017

2015 2016 2017
Civil Bills Lodged 4,088 3,277 2,439
Orders Granted 918 854 733

The Courts Service has advised that court statistics in relation to adjournments granted in Circuit Court possession proceedings do not distinguish between properties identified as the primary home and other properties. Information on adjournments broken down by property type would require the examination of individual court records which would require a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, the Courts Service has provided statistics on the number of adjournments granted by the Circuit Court in relation to all possession proceedings in 2015-2017.

Adjournments granted by Circuit Court in relation to Possession Proceedings
Possession Civil Bill Cases 2015 2016 2017
Adjournments Granted 24,052 21,855 22,147

Please note that these statistics include all adjournments in a case in each of the years.