Extra resources needed to tackle lengthy Courts waiting lists – Smyth

Niamh Smyth Illegal Dumping May– 4 month wait for family law cases in Co. Cavan –

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Justice Minister to address the lengthy delays being experienced by the Courts Service in Cavan.  The most recent figures supplied to Deputy Smyth reveal a 16 week wait for family law cases, with other civil cases facing waits of up to 14 weeks.

“These waiting times are unacceptably lengthy, particularly for family law cases.  These are particularly sensitive, especially when there are children involved.  The situations in which these families find themselves are already extremely difficult and the delays in the hearing of their cases only serves to prolong the stress and anxiety that they are already experiencing.  These delays are at best regrettable, but at worst are simply cruel.

“The figures supplied by Minister Fitzgerald reveal waiting times for family law cases in Co. Cavan to be up to 16 weeks.  That’s four months.  This is a very long time for families to wait for their cases to be heard, and is compounding the uncertainty and trauma that they are suffering.

“While I appreciate that the Courts Service is an independent body, it receives its funding from the Department of Justice.  The length of delays at Cavan District and Family Court are not acceptable and need to be addressed.  This is a resources issue and I am calling on Minister Fitzgerald to take the necessary action so that resources can be allocated to reduce these lists”.

See my Parliamentary Question on this issue. Family Court lists

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