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SOCIAL BOOKMARKS

Delay for domestic violence cases in Cork

THE waiting time for domestic violence applications to come before the courts in Cork is one of the longest in the country.

According to the Court Service’s 2017 annual report, there is a 10-week wait in Cork for hearings in the district for domestic violence applications for orders such as barring orders.

This is second only to Carlow, where the waiting time is 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, the report also shows that the waiting times for personal injury cases to come before the courts was the longest in Cork last year.

According to the report, the waiting list for a case to come before the High Court in Cork was 14 months, compared with 15 months the previous year.

In Dublin, a date can be obtained within month for a hearing, while Galway is the next lowest, with a waiting time of two months.

Next longest to Cork last year was Limerick, with a waiting time of ten months.

The Courts Service report explained: “The High Court tries personal injury cases in Dublin every week during court sittings. Cases that are ready for hearing can obtain a date within four weeks.”

It added that the High Court only sits for a limited number of weeks in other venues including Cork.

In 2017, work on the major redevelopment of the courthouse on Anglesea Street was undertaken. It was part of a major redevelopment of the country’s courts infrastructure, with seven courthouses redeveloped in a €150 million project. It is the largest single investment in regional court structures in the history of the State.