Letterkenny District Court has some of the longest waiting times for criminal cases in the State, new figures have shown.

The figures, released by the Courts Service, show that Letterkenny’s District Court took between 20 to 24 weeks from receipt of a criminal summons to a scheduled date for a hearing.

Dublin had the longest waiting times for criminal cases in the District Court last year.

Dublin took about 26 weeks from receipt of a criminal summons to a scheduled date for a hearing, the quickest court in the State, in Tralee, Co Kerry, managed the same process in eight to 12 weeks.

For civil actions, the average waiting time between receipt of an application and the date it was listed for hearing was between eight to 10 weeks.

In 2016 there were 133,724 new civil matters and 382,325 new criminal matters in the District Court, with 60 per cent of all orders issued relating to road traffic offences. The total number of matters in the courts system was approximately 750,000.

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