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The number and total value of judgments registered against Irish consumers fell sharply in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, figures released today by registrar Irish Judgments show. But, a different pattern emerged with judgments against businesses.

The number of judgments against consumers fell by 45 percent, from 1,160 to 632, while the total value fell by 62 percent, from over €72 million to just under €28 million.

The average value of consumer judgments fell by nearly 30 percent, from €62,470 to £43,973. The median value fell by a much greater percentage, by 41 percent, from €13,218 to €7,796.

Judgments against Irish businesses actually rose from 250 to 315, a rise of 26 percent over the period. But, the total value registered against businesses fell by over 12 percent, from €4.9 million to €4.3 million, meaning the average value fell by over 30 percent from €19,484 to €13,545. The median value dropped to €5,842, a 28 percent fall from the €8,155 seen in the first half of 2019.

Mick McAteer as Registrar commented: “The latest data on judgments suggests that income support and regulatory interventions have shielded Irish households from the worst effects of the financial shocks caused by Covid19. But, the picture may be very different once the support measures are unwound.”

Half Year 2019 Half Year 2020 Change (compared with 2019)
Judgments against consumers
volume 1,160 632 -45.52%
total value €72,465,077 €27,791,106 -61.65%
average* value €62,470 €43,973 -29.61%
median €13,218 €7,796 -41.02%
Judgments against businesses
volume 250 315 26.00%
total value €4,870,922 €4,266,779 -12.40%
average* value €19,484 €13,545 -30.48%
median €8,155 €5,842 -28.36%
volume 91 2 -97.80%
total value €14,281,455 €14,352 -99.90%
average* value €156,939 €7,176 -95.43%
median €23,666 €7,176 -69.68%

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Notes for editors

Irish Judgments is part of Registry Trust, a non-profit company established in 1985. Registry Trust maintains public records of judgment and decree information for all jurisdictions in the British Isles and Ireland.

Irish Judgments holds a public register of judgments registered at the Four Courts in Dublin.

The figures are based only on judgments registered at the request and cost of creditors at the Four Courts in Dublin and therefore provide only a partial picture of debt in Ireland.

Judgments can be removed from the register if paid in full within one calendar month of the issue date and Irish Judgments is informed, but will otherwise remain registered for six years. If fully paid outside the one calendar month, the defendant can apply to have the judgment marked as ‘satisfied’ to improve their credit rating.

Anyone may search for entries against a named person or business at a stated address or a corporate body in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland or England and Wales by visiting Registry Trust’s website or by writing to Irish Judgments at Irish Judgments, Ulysses House, Foley Street, Dublin 1.