THE wait for domestic violence applications to be brought before Cork District Court last year was the longest in the country.
According to statistics released by the Courts Service yesterday, there was a waiting time of 14 weeks in Cork District Court, ahead of Dublin District Court, which had a waiting time of 13 weeks.
The Courts Service report, published yesterday, outlined: "Emergency domestic violence applications are dealt with on the date of first application to the court. In the majority of District Court Districts, waiting time for the hearing of these applications have not increased despite an ongoing increase in the volume and complexity of cases.
Cases are listed for hearing in most instances within four to eight weeks of the date of the initial application."
There was also a 14-week wait in maintenance and guardianship applications in Cork city.
Meanwhile, domestic violence applications in Clonakilty had a waiting list of between two and four weeks, while maintenance and guardianship applications took four to six weeks.
In Mallow and Youghal District Courts, there were no waiting lists, with such applications being heard before the next available sitting.