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Written Answers - Judicial Allowances

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 460.  Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if judges are entitled to a daily unvouched lunch allowance; and if so, the monetary value of same and if this arrangement applies to all judges. [16518/12]

 462.  Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will provide in tabular form details of all premium payments, allowances and expenses paid to the Judiciary. [16655/12]

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 463.  Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will provide in tabular form details of all premium payments, allowances and expenses paid to each of the Judiciary in 2011. [16656/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I propose to take Questions Nos. 460, 462 and 463 together.

Expenses are payable to judges for travel and subsistence necessarily incurred for attendance away from home. Subsistence expenses are provided to cover the cost of meals in some cases. No premium payments, by which I take it the Deputy is referring to overtime, are paid. The cost of expenses is determined by the number and location of court sittings and the travelling expenses payable to judges cover the use of their own private car. It should be noted that a review of judicial expenses and allowances is currently underway in my Department and is due to be completed by July of this year. The different rates applying to judicial expenses are complex and detailed, having developed over decades. However, the following rates are generally currently applicable:

Table 1 — Mileage rates for Circuit and District Court

Travel per year Engine up to 1200cc 1201cc to 1500cc 1501cc to 1887cc 1888cc and over
Up to 6437 kms 39.12 cent 46.25 cent 59.07 cent 70.89 cent
over 6438 kms 21.22 cent 23.62 cent 28.46 cent 34.15 cent

Unassigned District Judges may claim mileage from their home to Court venue and back while on official business.

District Judges assigned to Districts outside of Dublin may claim mileage for journeys made from home to Court venue and back to home, while on official business, subject to a maximum of 40 km (25 miles) to cover that part of the journey between their home and the border of their District.

District Judges assigned to the Dublin District are paid an allowance of €3,100 per annum to cover all travel to and from work including out of hours courts.

Circuit Court Judges may claim mileage from their home to Court venue and back while on official business.

Table 2 — Subsistence Rates for Circuit and District Court

Allowance type Amount€
Night allowance  
— normal 121.43
— reduced 113.12
Day allowance  
— 10 hours or more 37.04
— 5 hours or more 14.12
Sitting room allowance (vouched) Circuit Court only 36.69
Garage Allowance 4.37
Day/Overnight Allowance for Special Criminal Court 114.80

[896]Table 3 — Court Attire Expenses (vouched)

Item Max recoupable cost€ Minimum replacement period
Wig 2,195 lifetime
Frock coat 745 2 years
Frock coat without tails 575 2 years
Gown 389.50 3 years
Waistcoat 165 2 years
Bands/Tabs 12 6 months

The allowances and expenses paid to members of the judiciary from the Courts Service Vote in 2011 are set out in the following tables:

Table 4 — Supreme Court Judges Expenses, 2011

Judge No. Travel Subsistence Judicial Attire and Incidental Expenses Total
 
1 404.60 3,065.07 50.00 3,519.67
2 157.77 2,262.64 289.50 2,709.91
3 142.81 905.56   1,048.37
4 98.28 783.00   881.28
5 304.11 166.86 147.84 618.81
6 14.18 583.13   597.31
7 60.00 330.97   390.97
8 0 0 0 0
Total €1,181.75 €8,097.23 €487.34 €9,766.32

Table 5 — High Court Judges Expenses, 2011

Judge No. Travel Subsistence Judicial Attire and Incidental Expenses Total
 
1 2,203.99 7,271.18 2,634.00 12,109.17
2 508.00 9,101.00   9,609.00
3 284.87 6,621.31 85.23 6,991.41
4 128.28 6,270.70 200.00 6,598.98
5   6,037.00   6,037.00
6   6,025.00   6,025.00
7 1,016.00 4,793.00 67.00 5,876.00
8 390.41 3,737.84 1,346.00 5,474.25
9 331.43 3,573.65 1,477.00 5,382.08
10   4,009.00   4,009.00
11   3,742.00   3,742.00
12   3,595.00   3,595.00
13 657.90 1,360.99 1,467.00 3,485.89
14   3,427.09   3,427.09
15     3,145.51 3,145.51
16   2,454.00 593.00 3,047.00
17 147.98 2,616.33 134.00 2,898.31
18   1,400.00 1,423.47 2,823.47
19 320.45 2,082.63 5.90 2,408.98
20 588.18 1,130.92 520.00 2,239.10
21   2,152.00   2,152.00
22   2,152.00   2,152.00
23 48.21 2,008.00 12.00 2,068.21
24 388.63 1,652.00   2,040.63
25   1,874.00   1,874.00
26   1,523.00   1,523.00
27   1,466.00   1,466.00
28   1,421.00   1,421.00
29   1,339.00   1,339.00
30     1,279.00 1,279.00
31     900.00 900.00
32 51.38 224.63 294.60 570.61
33     520.00 520.00
34   1,253.00 67.00 1,320.00
Total €7,065.71 €96,313.27 €16,170.71 €119,549.69

*The number of Judges above includes Judges who retired during 2011 and Judges who were appointed during 2011.

Table 6 — Circuit Court Judges Expenses, 2011

Judge No. Travel Subsistence Judicial Attire and Incidental Expenses Total
 
1 36,653.74     36,653.74
2 10,029.20 19,538.66 970.00 30,537.86
3 9,374.96 19,389.40   28,764.36
4 8,700.85 18,796.04 791.22 28,288.11
6 5,576.11 22,126.15   27,702.26
7 8,619.80 17,750.63 380.20 26,750.63
8 8,358.52 17,762.97 299.80 26,421.29
9 8,848.67 15,452.56 910.00 25,211.23
10 8,979.82 15,987.01 178.20 25,145.03
11 7,602.65 17,388.20 84.92 25,075.77
12 6,447.95 17,784.92 625.96 24,858.83
13 9,980.08 13,005.16   22,985.24
14 6,810.04 13,224.48 2,195.00 22,229.52
15 10,589.77 9,344.85   19,934.62
16 6,082.35 13,838.00   19,920.35
17 9,434.70 8,989.60   18,424.30
19 5,855.52 11,097.83 18.80 16,972.15
18 9,161.18 6,539.40 102.60 15,803.18
20 4,862.77 7,582.72 1,143.45 13,588.94
21 9,356.86 4,111.19   13,468.05
22 5,617.74 5,095.01   10,712.75
23 5,577.79 3,978.91   9,556.70
24 5,059.39 3,828.20 60.00 8,947.59
25 6,254.12 1,988.48   8,242.60
26 4,524.65 3,438.75 98.00 8,061.40
27 2,047.04 4,136.43 1,843.00 8,026.47
28 6,756.53     6,756.53
29 6,219.53     6,219.53
30 3,779.16 1,615.31   5,394.47
31 1,587.90 2,386.28   3,974.18
32 1,672.32 1,227.84 105.60 3,005.76
33 42.02 2,045.06   2,087.08
34 1,170.17     1,170.17
35 264.45 184.17   448.62
36 280.28 88.20 16.20 384.68
Total €242,178.63 €299,722.41 €9,822.95 €551,723.99

*The number of Judges above includes Judges who retired during 2011 and Judges who were appointed during 2011.

Table 7 — District Court Judges Expenses, 2011

Judge No. Travel Subsistence Judicial Attire and Incidental Expenses Total
 
1 16,497.95 33,575.76   50,073.71
2 11,402.86 29,419.66 18.50 40,841.02
3 8,439.76 29,675.07   38,114.83
4 12,624.61 23,603.56   36,228.17
5 10,985.56 24,280.56   35,266.12
6 24,843.49 9,488.91 442.06 34,774.46
7 8,882.54 22,936.54 249.90 32,068.98
8 6,602.27 23,981.40   30,583.67
9 7,524.42 21,621.15 1,418.75 30,564.32
10 7,282.10 22,510.97 281.40 30,074.47
11 8,852.12 21,029.18   29,881.30
12 7,655.12 20,123.58   27,778.70
13 12,165.66 15,148.68 154.30 27,468.64
14 4,859.69 20,931.80   25,791.49
15 4,894.69 19,915.48   24,810.17
16 6,366.74 18,407.19   24,773.93
17 15,327.05 7,848.35   23,175.40
18 7,426.70 15,270.19 23.50 22,720.39
19 13,808.15 6,788.76 1,172.40 21,769.31
20 7,507.93 12,437.67   19,945.60
21 3,451.17 14,718.60   18,169.77
22 9,171.38 8,242.46   17,413.84
23 9,556.87 7,577.89 150.00 17,284.76
24 11,587.70 4,364.30 1,052.50 17,004.50
25 6,695.88 10,226.20   16,922.08
26 4,303.73 9,472.12 1,646.00 15,421.85
27 5,953.03 7,729.45 144.00 13,826.48
28 10,300.15 3,480.48   13,780.63
29 10,836.20 2,880.48   13,716.68
30 6,082.98 7,377.18   13,460.16
31 9,223.84 3,348.52 840.30 13,412.66
32 9,374.17 3,831.69 162.00 13,367.86
34 9,063.56 2,036.10 147.00 11,246.66
35 8,237.34 2,505.54 186.77 10,929.65
36 6,805.67 3,598.04   10,403.71
37 2,817.17 7,349.02   10,166.19
38 6,169.71 3,680.62   9,850.33
39 6,224.60 2,730.39 79.00 9,033.99
40 5,782.19 2,135.60   7,917.79
41 5,745.45 1,674.34 37.40 7,457.19
42 4,908.72 2,027.96   6,936.68
43 4,278.20 691.88 1,320.00 6,290.08
44 4,200.12 830.84 533.60 5,564.56
45 3,949.13 381.24 926.00 5,256.37
46 3,666.45 1,414.09   5,080.54
47 1,646.25 2,815.46 381.00 4,842.71
48 3,785.43   520.00 4,305.43
49 3,581.29 172.19   3,753.48
50 3,499.12   254.10 3,753.22
51 3,348.00   381.00 3,729.00
52 2,684.19 906.30   3,590.49
53 3,484.36 22.90   3,507.26
54 3,411.92     3,411.92
55 3,407.66     3,407.66
56 3,348.68     3,348.68
57 3,100.00   165.00 3,265.00
58 3,100.00     3,100.00
59 3,100.00     3,100.00
60 3,100.00     3,100.00
61 3,100.00     3,100.00
62 535.93 853.31 1,126.00 2,515.24
63 2,325.00     2,325.00
64     1,114.00 1,114.00
Total €422,892.65 €518,069.65 €14,926.48 €955,888.78

*The number of Judges above includes Judges who retired during 2011 and Judges who were appointed during 2011.

[900]In addition to the above expenses, under the provisions of section 164 of the Finance Act 1994, an annual expense allowance is paid to members of the judiciary. This is not paid by the Courts Service but is paid monthly from Central Funds as part of salary. The levels are currently as follows:

Table 8 — Current Annual Allowance

Grade Annual Allowance Rate
President of the High Court
Judge of the Supreme Court
Judge of the High Court
President of the Circuit Court
President 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 €1,365.01 (€113.75 monthly)


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