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Judges claim €1.67 million in expenses - But who cost the most?

One judge cost the state €45,222 in expenses.

THE COURTS SERVICE today released a breakdown of every judge’s costs and expenses, for the first time ever.

The figures relate to 2012, and show that the country’s 146 judges claimed a total of €1.67 million that year – an average of €11,469.

Some of the claims were accumulated from previous years.

The judge with the highest total was District Court Justice Gerard Furlong, who claimed €45,222.43 – including €15,229 in travel costs, and €29,993 on subsistence.

District Court judge Patrick Brady cost the taxpayer the least in 2012 – just €258 – although he had retired in October 2011.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Denham claimed €629, including €347 on subsistence costs, and €282 on travel expenses.

The five Supreme Court Justices cost the state €9,917 in total, and €1,983 on average.

High Court judges spent €86,268 on subsistence, and just €6,707 on travel, contributing to a total of €107,606. Between the 36 of them, this is an average of €2,989.

The Circuit Court’s 38 judges claimed an average of €14,407 and €547,450 in total.

Predictably, the District Court’s 64 judges spent €426,216 on travel – the most of any level in the judiciary.

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They also claimed €15,773 on average – the highest in the judiciary – and €1,009,492 in total.

Below is the Courts Service’s detailed breakdown of each judge’s expenses for 2012.

The figures for 2013 are expected to be published next week.

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