Wednesday 18 October 2017

Rape, murder and care orders up in last year - report

CARE orders by the Health Service Executive have more than doubled in the last year.

And court orders supervising at risk families have also increased according to the annual report of the Courts Service.

There has been a 63pc increase in rape cases in the last two years and murder cases have increased by 26pc since 2009.

Last year there were 80 rape and 39 murder cases in the Central Criminal Court.

The report was launched by Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham who has warned that court sittings may be affected by future budget cuts.

Divorce and judicial separation rates have remained stable.

But there has been a 38pc increase in emergency barring orders.

Recovery of debt has, has anticipated, increased right across the courts.

Lawyers bills were reduced by 30pc.

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