Courts Service arrangements at 'Level 5' restrictions

07/01/2021

The Courts Service has published information regarding the conduct of business under the current Level 5 public health restrictions.

Courts Service Arrangements Level 5

Service-wide policy

In general across the various Courts, the work that has been conducted remotely will continue, with further technical solutions and remote capabilities being extended to additional Courts nationwide. Priority will continue to be given to urgent matters such as domestic violence applications. Criminal trials due to commence in the Central and Circuit Courts will not start during the month of January.

For further information, see Covid-19 Level 5 update for start of new legal term on 11 January 2021.

Court-specific information

Supreme Court

The majority of work will continue to be conducted remotely, resource dependent. The Chief Justice has issued a Notice available on the Courts Service website.

Court of Appeal

The majority of business has been conducted remotely since April 2020, and that will continue to be the case.

High Court/Central Criminal Court

The President of the High Court has issued Notices with regard to Civil, Criminal and Family Proceedings. These are available on the Courts Service website.

Circuit Court

Orders from the President of the Circuit Court are provided on the Courts Service website.

District Court

The Notices issued by the President of the District Court and published to the website are available on the Courts Service website.

Court offices

Court offices accept documents by post and some have deployed DX and drop box facilities and e-filing solutions to reduce the numbers coming to Court offices. Attendance at offices is on an appointment-only basis at this time. For more information, please contact the relevant office directly

Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicators

The General Office will be closed to the public, save by prior appointment, and even then, only for the conduct of urgent business. Telephones will operate as normal during office hours. Email, post and Dx facilities will also operate as normal.