Court services: Judicial costs down 30% in six years

Judicial costs have dropped significantly over a six-year period despite an increase in the number of serving judges, according to figures released by the court service.

Overall costs are almost 30% lower than in 2008.

Figures released by the court service show the savings were made whilst the actual number of judges increased from 131 in 2006, to 152 last year, and the work of the courts remains busy.

The cost of accommodation and subsistence shows a saving of over 39% in six years, while transport saw a reduction of nearly 10%.

The overall costs have dropped from the €2.4m in 2008, down to just over €1.7m last year - marking a 30% saving for the taxpayer.

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