Family law practitioners and case progression
It will not come as any surprise to practitioners, particularly those in the Dublin circuit, that there are ongoing difficulties with the case progression process. The county registrar has a key role in monitoring the progress of a case and ensuring that it is ready for trial. No trial dates will be given unless (s)he is satisfied that there are no outstanding matters.
We would like to remind colleagues that when the case progression summons issues, the return date allows sufficient time to ensure that all appropriate vouching is exchanged between the parties and, if possible, queries can be asked and answered. If this is done, the county registrar has no need for extended adjournments, with the consequential delays in obtaining a hearing date.