IRELAND’S 146 JUDGES claimed travel, subsistence and other expenses worth a total of €1.674 million last year.
The figures reflect a 42 per cent fall in judges’ expenses since 2008.
Almost all of the amount was incurred by the 64 judges of the District Court and the 38 judges of the Circuit Court, whose roles usually require them to travel between several courthouses in provincial towns.
Eight members of the Supreme Court received a total of €9,917 in costs, about half of which related to subsistence for travelling to conferences.
36 members of the High Court incurred costs of €107,606.
The costs include €57,915 in ‘incidental’ expenses, including the costs of judicial attire, for which new rules were introduced last year.
A Courts Service spokesman said this cost was unusually high and reflected the appointment of almost 20 new judges last year, an unusually high number.