NEW figures show the waiting time for High Court cases to be heard in Limerick currently stands at almost two years.
In its annual report for 2010, the Courts Service says it currently takes 20 months for High Court civil cases to be heard in Limerick.
The is second longest waiting time in the country and only Cork has a longer waiting time where cases take 24 months to come to court.
Despite the lengthy waiting lists for High Court cases, the waiting lists at Limerick Circuit Court and Limerick District Court are amongst the shortest in the country.
The average waiting time for criminal trials at the circuit court was less than six months during 2010 and the waiting time for appeals was less than nine months.
According to the annual report it takes an average of 12 weeks for cases, to proceed by way of summons at the district court.
Launching the annual report, the chief Justice John Murray, who will step down at the end of this week, praised the contribution of Courts Service staff.
â€œThe management and personnel of the Courts Service have responded to all of the challenges of 2010 with the same versatility and acumen they have demonstrated since its establishmentâ€ said the Limerick man who added that the Courts Service had managed to provide â€œmore for lessâ€ throughout 2010.
According to the Courts Service annual report Limerick courthouse on Merchants Quay is one of 25 courthouses around the country which has video link facilities allowing prisoners to appear before the court via video link instead of appearing in person.
Last year also saw the opening of the new courthouse in Kilmallock and the annual report notes that the multi-million euro building won the â€˜Best Public Buildingâ€™ award at the RIAI awards.
Proposals to build a new courts complex in Limerick city through a public-private partnership were also finalised and submitted to the Department of Justice last year.
No decision has been made in relation to the proposals, which if approved, would see the current courts complex being relocated to a site near Limerick Prison on Mulgrave Street.