556. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full year running cost of the Courts Service. [25704/18]
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 the net running cost of the Courts Service for 2018 is €83.606m as published in the 2018 Estimate Volume.
This comprises total gross funding for pay, non-pay and capital of €131.575m. However, the Courts Service has Appropriations in Aid (Receipts) amounting to €47.969m primarily relating to Court Fees and these receipts are used to defray the cost of running the Courts Service.