As of May 21 last there are 5,037 outstanding criminal warrants in Kildare.
The figure relates to a period dating back to 2000, although only a small percentage of them are more than a year old.
Nationally there are 123,969 outstanding warrants and the figure for Kildare represents 4% of the overall.
However, with the greater Dublin area taking up 58% of the total, the figure in Kildare almost 10% of all of the rest, the highest for any non-city county.
This is in line with Kildare’s large population and the fact that there are numerous court sittings.
According to the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter much of the figure is made up from outstanding warrants for minor matters such as non-payment of fines relating to the Road Traffic Acts, Public Order and theft offences.
Mr. Shatter explained that nationally 46% of the warrants were executed within three months, 70% within six months and only 13% were left beyond 12 months.