Dáil Éireann - Volume 477 - 09 April, 1997

Written Answers. - Arrears of Judgments.

44. Mr. M. Ahern asked the Minister for Justice if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is currently no official in the Dublin Circuit Court dealing with applications for judgment by default of appearance or defence, resulting in delays of up to 12 months in processing such applications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9095/97]

Minister for Justice (Mrs. Owen): I refer the Deputy to Question No. 201 which I answered on 11 March 1997.

I am informed that during the Easter court vacation period which commenced on 21 March 1997 staff were assigned to work part-time on clearing arrears of judgments in the Dublin Circuit Court Office. Since 7 April 1997 two staff have been assigned to work full-time on the judgments.