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Important practitioner notice from Dublin County Registrar
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11 Jan 2021 / courts Print

Important notice from Dublin County Registrar

Dublin County Registrar Rita Considine has issued a notice for January 2021 lists relating to Dublin Circuit Court business.

It follows the 6 January statement of the President of the Circuit Court in relation to COVID restrictions.

The following is the situation regarding County Registrar business:

1)   Applications for the appointment of a care representative under section 21 of the Nursing Home Support Scheme Act 2009 will proceed as scheduled in staggered hearings. Practitioners should check the legal diary for the venue,

2)   Taxation of Costs listed for 11 January 2021 will proceed as listed,

3)   Virtual meeting room (VMR) hearings listed for today (11 January), and 14 January 2021 (civil motions and taxation of costs) will proceed as listed and scheduled,

4)   Foreign evidence pursuant to Council Regulation 1206/2021, listed for 25 January 2021, will proceed as scheduled,

5)   Part heard Ground Rent Application listed for 14 January 2021 will proceed as listed and scheduled,

6)   Urgent marriage exemption applications will continue to be heard in line with the procedure adopted since March 2020,

7)   All other civil motions lists and civil matters, possession civil bill lists, family law motion lists, family law list to fix dates, and family law case progression listed between 11-29 January (both dates inclusive) stand adjourned for dates to be fixed, and the next available date will be fixed in due course,

8)   The County Registrar will be available to hear urgent matters where necessary, and parties should contact the Dublin Circuit Court Office to arrange the same.


Notices will be published on the Courts Service website in due course regarding the relisting of the adjourned civil motions and applications and family business, and any updates.

Parties should consult the website for all updates and notices. No other notice will be given.

Applications for the appointment of care representatives will be listed in staggered hearings.

Arrangements are in place to ensure compliance with HSE distancing requirements and practitioner co-operation is appreciated.

Staggered times

To comply with social distancing requirements, staggered times have been allocated to attend court for the hearing of these matters.

Practitioners must only attend court at their scheduled time. The hearing will take place in accordance with public-health and Courts Service guidelines.

It is the intention that VMR hearings will continue for taxation-of-costs matters, subject to compliance with the previous notice setting out the requirements.

In line with the order of the President of the Circuit Court on 6 April 2020, where cases are settled and need to be struck out, or other consent orders need to be ruled, these will continue to be dealt with by email requests from both parties.

The County Registrar will rule without the necessity of parties being present in court.

The following dedicated email mailboxes have been set up to deal with such consent applications only by the County Registrar for Dublin:

Dublin Circuit Court Family Law: dublincircuitfamilyconsents@courts.ie

Dublin Circuit Court Civil Office: dublincircuitcivilconsents@courts.ie

Moving party

To apply for a ruling/order on consent, one single email only should issue from the moving party, which must contain all of the following:

(a) Correct details of the case and correct record number,

(b) Exact terms of the order sought to be made/ruled on consent,

(c) Written consent of the solicitor for the other party to the making of the consent order,

(d) Copy of the relevant notice of motion/notice of trial,

(e) Where necessary, the relevant exhibits only,

(f)  Date that the matter is listed before the court, or confirmation that nothing is listed for hearing,

(g) If a matter is urgent, this must be highlighted by the applicant in the subject line of the email.

If this procedure is not followed, the email will not be acted upon and will not be replied to.

Other emails will not be replied to that have been sent incorrectly to the consent email address.

Consent applications

Practitioners are asked to please ensure that all consent applications are directed to the appropriate designated email address, as they will not be dealt with if sent to the incorrect email address.

The County Registrar for Dublin will be available to hear urgent matters. Urgent matters should be emailed to dublinciviloffice@courts.ie.

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