Low judicial budget highlighted in new report
Published on October 23, 2020
Of the 48 countries covered in a new justice report, Ireland had the lowest judicial system budget as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice The report (CEPEJ) found that the republic’s spending on justice, mutual legal assistance and law enforcement was 0.10 percent of GDP in 2018, compared with the average of 0.33.
In Northern Ireland, the figure was 0.45 percent, below the highest figure in the report. Irish time Reports.
The report found Ireland was an outlier in terms of judicial system spending per capita, near the bottom of the league at 3.3 for the number of judges per 100,000 population.
It was 3.1 for England and Wales and 3.6 for Northern Ireland.
In the Republic and in the three UK jurisdictions the percentage of women in the judiciary was below 40 percent.
The Irish clearance rate – the ratio of the division of the number of cases resolved by cases received in a given period – was also the second lowest at 63 percent.
Rate is a measure of how well a system handles the number of cases it is working with. A quota greater than 100 percent indicates that the backlog is decreasing. The average clearance rate was 99 percent.
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