Civil Actions against An Garda Síochána

Civil actions may be taken against the State in respect of An Garda Síochána. These actions may arise from:

  1. non-malicious injuries to Gardaí
  2. injuries to civilians on Garda premises
  3. legal actions taken by Gardaí
  4. legal actions arising from acts or omissions by An Garda Síochána
  5. traffic accidents involving Garda vehicles

 

The handling of many of these cases was taken over by the State Claims Agency, which was set up in 2000. The Department retains responsibility in respect of:

  1. claims which give rise to constitutional issues
  2. claims for compensation under the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Acts
  3. claims in respect of actions taken by the Gardaí in the performance of their duties
  4.  a certain number of older cases which were initiated prior to the advent of the State Claims Agency

 

 

The information in the table below shows the amounts paid out in Court awards and out of court settlements regarding legal actions taken against members of An Garda Síochána relating to allegations of assault, unlawful arrest or other breaches of citizens' rights

 Year  Category  Assault  No of cases  Unlawful Arrest  No of cases Other   No. of Cases Overall Total
 2002  Awards €1,270.00 1 €3,809.21 1 €56,500.00 2  
   Settlements €166,924.48 6 €106,835.58 10  €185,078.82 11  
   Costs €230,769.67   €148,714.19   €340,486.45     
   Total €398,964.15   €259,358.98   €582,065.27    
 2003  Awards €11,000.00   €10,000.00   €4,870.00    
   Settlements €75,000.00 1 €303,011.00 €112,814.84 2  
   Costs €145,561.70 4 €71,794.28 5 €542,075.73 4  
   Total €231,561.70   €384,805.28   €659,760.57    
 2004  Awards €15,000.00 1 Nil 0 €3,215.06 1  
   Settlements €198,697.48 5 €73,007.00 5 €50,500.00 3  
   Costs €231,646.62   €100,019.36   €266,713.57    
   Total €445,344.10   €173,026.36   €320,428.63    
 2005  Awards €1,000.00 1 €2,025,321.00 3 €85,125.00 2  
   Settlements €130,250.00 7 €1,569,114.00 9 €58,000.00 2  
   Costs €137,447.90 10 €658,508.78 10  €205,466.85 15  
   Total €268,697.90   €4,252,943.78    €348,591.85     
 2006  Awards €18,076.32 1 €41,443.80 (3) 3 Nil 0  
   Settlements €386,200.00 17 €622,000.00 5 €606,500.00 8  
   Costs €187,797.28 11 €60,983.61 10 €28,983.93 3  
   Total €592,073.60   €724,427.41   €635,483.93    
 2007  Awards  €97,500.00  2 Nil 0 €5,246,047.00 4  
   Settlements €238,000.00 8 €1,297,000.00 10 €4,451,000.00 34  
   Costs €485,944.95 10 €1,488,193.20 9 €1,125,597.19 29   
   Total €821,444.95   €2,785,193.20   €10,822,644.19    
2008   Awards  €12,500.00 1 €5,500.00 €12,500.00 1  
   Settlements €505,000.00 15 €56,024.34 6 €648,157.58 20  
   Costs €816,847.70 15 €713,468.42 16 €4,317,975.40 36   
   Total €1,334,347.70   €774,992.76   €4,978,632.98    
 2009  Awards  Nil   Nil   €30,610.74 2  
   Settlements €317,200.00 18 €390,650.00 11 €888,693.98 18  
   Costs €656,881.34 13 €280,600.24 13 €2,397,998.80 52  
   Total €974,081.34   €671,250.24   €3,317,302.70    
 2010   Awards  €19,240.00 2 €33,184.00 2 Nil    
   Settlements €407,500.00 20 €403,194.00 18 €521,300.00 9  
   Costs €825,550.11 23 €649,354.58 24 €2,351,075.80 37  
   Total €1,252,290.10   €1,085,732.50   €2,872,375.80    
 2011  Awards  €168,900.00 3 Nil Nil      
   Settlements €385,255.00 12 €44,750.00 4 €292,600.00 11  
   Costs €1,671,434.20 23 €494,446.31 12 €2,831,507.80 45  
   Total €2,225,589.20   €539,196.31   €3,124,107.80    
2012  Awards  €81,000.00 3 Nil   Nil    
   Settlements €407,750.00 17 €220,132.67
 
12 €358,785.00
 
12  
   Costs €1,062,459.10 21 €296,727.32
 
6 €1,173,653.10 30  
   Total €1,551,209.10   €516,859.99   €1,532,438.10    €3,600,507.10
 2013  Awards €135,000.00 1 Nil   €70,000.00 2  
   Settlements €499,000.00 17  €924,500 8 €739,330.00 15  
   Costs €429,787.88 17 €104,498.85 6 €671,444.02 26  
   Total €1,063,787.88    €1,028,998.85   €1,480,774.02   €3,573,560.60