The number of judgments registered against Irish consumers saw huge falls in the first Quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter last year according to latest Registry Trust figures.

The number of judgments against consumers fell by 73 percent, from 565 to just 155. The total value fell by 71 percent, from nearly €26 million in Q1 2020 to €7.6 million in Q1 2021.

But, the average value of consumer judgments rose by over seven percent, from €45,924 to €49,223 and the median value by nearly 20 percent, from €7,827 to €9,387. Fewer but larger judgments on average were taken out against consumers.

Mick McAteer as Registrar said “The latest data on judgments showing large falls in the number of judgments this quarter suggests that income support and regulatory interventions have shielded Irish households and businesses from the worst effects of the financial shocks caused by Covid19. But, the picture may be very different once the support measures are wound down. Numbers are already up sharply from the lows seen in Q2 2020.”

Q1 2020 Q1 2021 Change (compared with 2020)
Judgments against consumers
volume 565 155 -72.56%
total value €25,947,064 €7,629,515 -70.59%
average* value €45,924 €49,223 7.18%
median value €7,827 €9,387 19.93%