Theft of belongings from a court room, getting photographed, and bail money being given to a former partner logged as complaints to Courts Service last year

Personal belongings getting stolen from a court room, getting photographed outside the Criminal Courts of Justice, and bail money getting handed over to an ex-partner were among the complaints made to the Courts Service last year.

The service said they had received 207 complaints in 2022, although two of them related to people getting their picture taken while coming to or leaving court and could not be investigated.

Another 29 cases related specifically to judges while one case where somebody’s personal items were pilfered in a court room had to be referred to gardaí.

Dozens of complaints were also lodged on matters including delays in getting information, about solicitors and Courts Service staff, and family law cases.