Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Judicial Staff

8:00 pm

Photo of Derek KeatingDerek Keating (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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Question 385: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual leave that the various grades of judges receive per year; the allowance that judges are paid per year; the travel and subsistence rates that judges are paid per year and the staff that each of the grades of judges have working for them in tabular form. [17550/11]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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The annual leave allocation for District Court judges, which is taken in consultation with the President of the District Court, is as follows:

Permanently assigned judges are allocated 12 days annual leave plus the month of August.

Unassigned judges are allocated 36 days annual leave.

District Court judges are also available, as required, for sitting out of hours.

The allocation of leave to judges of the Circuit and Superior Courts is subject to consultation with the President of the appropriate court. Judges of these courts sit during term and are also available, as required, for sitting out of hours and during vacation periods. Judges of the High and Supreme Court also use vacation time for writing judgments.

Under the provisions of section 164 of the Finance Act 1994, an annual expense allowance is payable to members of the judiciary as follows:

Under the provisions of section 164 of the Finance Act 1994, an annual expense allowance is payable to members of the judiciary as follows:

Under the provisions of section 164 of the Finance Act 1994, an annual expense allowance is payable to members of the judiciary as follows:

GradeAnnual Allowance Rate
Chief JusticePresident of the High CourtJudge of the Supreme CourtJudge of the High CourtPresident of the Circuit CourtPresident of the District Court€9,057.96 (€754.83 monthly)
Judge of the Circuit Court€2,730.02 (€227.50 monthly)
Judge of the District Court€1365.01 (€113.75 monthly)

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

Travel per yearEngine up to 1200cc1201cc to 1500cc1501cc to 1887cc1888cc and over
Up to 6437 kms39.12 cent46.25 cent59.07 cent70.89 cent
over 6438 kms21.22 cent23.62 cent28.46 cent34.15 cent

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

Allowance typeAmount€
Night allowance- normal- reduced121.43113.12
Day allowance- 10 hours or more- 5 hours or more37.0414.12
Sitting room allowance (vouched) Circuit Court only36.69
Garage allowance4.37

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

ItemMax recoupable cost€Minimum replacement period
Wig2195lifetime
Frock coat7452 years
Frock coat without tails5752 years
Gown389.503 years
Waistcoat1652 years
Bands/Tabs126 months

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

Travel and subsistence expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance in court away from their home location. Judges’ travel and subsistence is determined by the number of court sittings and the mileage required to attend at court venues within their district or circuit or in the case of unassigned judges to venues within the Circuit or District to which they have been temporarily assigned. The different rates and rules applying are very extensive and I will arrange to convey the details to the Deputy directly. However, the following rates are generally applicable:

JurisdictionDedicated staff per JudgeShared High Courtsecretarial staffTemporary researchers available for all JudgesContract researchers allocated by the President of the High CourtShared Library staff available to all judges
Chief Justice3
Supreme Court Judges2
President of the High Court2
High Court Judges1
President of Circuit Court2
Circuit Court Judges1
President of District Court1
District Court Judges0
Group resources76104

Photo of Derek KeatingDerek Keating (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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Question 386: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of judges who have been appointed to regions of more that 20 kilometres from their home; the cost of their travel and subsistence; their allowance and expenses in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17551/11]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will appreciate court districts and circuits have more than one court venue and judges are required to travel between venues. There are 17 District judges and 13 Circuit Court judges assigned to districts or circuits the border of which is more than 20 km from their home. Details of payments made are set out as follows.

Table 1 District Court 2010

JudgeHome Travel & SubsistenceJudicial Attire & Expenses
1.€3,100-
2.€4,340.41€1,326
3.€19,439.66-
4.€7,181.92-
5.€34,270.84-
6.€3,309.83-
7.€32,294.82-
8.€18,678.69-
9.€20,256.16-
10.€19,063.08€450
11.€11,689.49€700
12.€9,613.69-
13.0-
14.€37,046.85-
15.€25,869.98€1,114.50
16.-
17.€4,203.43€532.90
total€250,3594123.40

Table 2 Circuit Court 2010

JudgeTravel and SubsistenceJudicial Attire & Expenses
1€2,610.12-
2€28,949.77-
3€20,997.32-
4€28,342.33-
5€24,803.35€1,279.00
6€29,367.50€606.20
7€17,718.10€982.00
8€24,805.71€982.00
9€10,792.59€1,279.00
10€30,872.62-
11€7,932.64-
12€22,821.24€889.00
13€9,912.56-
total€259,925.856017.20

It should be noted that judges also receive an annual expense allowance to cover the provision of a study and suitable library facilities when required to work at home, e.g. dealing with urgent applications in the case of the District Court or in the Higher Courts for the research and formulation of judgments. Unlike the allowances above, the annual expense allowance is paid from central funds directly through judges’ remuneration. The current rates payable are:

President of the Circuit Court -€9,057.96

President of the District Court -€9,057.96

Circuit Court Judge -€2,730.02

District Court Judge -€1,365.01

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