There’s been a 22 per cent drop in the number of cases that came before the Circuit Court in Kerry in 2014.
That’s according to figures for the latest period available in the Annual Report of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Of the 52 cases finalised before the Circuit Court in Kerry in 2014, the majority, 43 were conviction on plea. There was a 96 per cent conviction rate recorded in trials held in Kerry that year; the national average was 95 per cent.
The number of cases before the court in Kerry in 2014 dropped 22 per cent from 67 in 2013. The total number of directions by the DPP to prosecute individuals in Kerry for a serious criminal offence last year was 88 – an annual increase of 7.3 per cent.