Guidance on disruption to normal service in the courts

05/07/2024 09:27:18

The Law Society has information for solicitors on disruption to normal court business on three days in July.

There is now public information from the Bar Council on the planned withdrawal of services by criminal barristers over the next three weeks. This is summarised below to help you make appropriate arrangements in the best interests of clients who may be impacted. (Source: Bar of Ireland FAQ)

For those barristers who choose to accept and act on the recommended withdrawal of services on 9, 15, and 24 July, this means they will:

  • not attend at any criminal court for court work,

  • not engage with associated court administration on that day, such as communications with agencies/solicitors, responding to directions/instructions, client consultations,

  • not claim professional fees for the day.

Certain emergency matters may need to be dealt with on each day and the Bar Council has advised that they are engaging with the relevant parties in this regard. The Bar Council has also informed its members that the following do not fall within the scope of the withdrawal:

  • Trials where complainants in sexual offence cases, children or other vulnerable witnesses are in the course of giving evidence - counsel should be present for the completion of such witnesses’ evidence,

  • High Court bail applications,

  • European Arrest Warrants (EAW) applications,

  • Article 40 inquiries, and

  • Judicial review proceedings.

Affected Courthouses

Criminal law barristers have been invited to attend specific courthouses from 10am-1pm on each date in July as follows:


  • Clare (Ennis)

  • Cork (TBC)

  • Dublin (Criminal Courts of Justice)

  • Kerry (Tralee)

  • Kildare (Naas)

  • Kilkenny 

  • Limerick (Mulgrave St)

  • Longford (Longford)

  • Mayo (Castlebar)

  • Meath (Trim)

  • Sligo 

  • Tipperary South (Clonmel)

  • Waterford

  • Wexford

  • Wicklow (Bray)


  • Clare (Ennis)

  • Cork (TBC)

  • Dublin (Criminal Courts of Justice)

  • Galway

  • Limerick (Mulgrave St)

  • Longford (Longford)

  • Mayo (Castlebar)

  • Sligo


  • Carlow

  • Clare (Ennis)

  • Cork (TBC)

  • Dublin (Criminal Courts of Justice)

  • Kildare (Naas)

  • Kilkenny 

  • Limerick (Mulgrave St)

  • Longford (Longford)

  • Sligo

  • Tipperary South (Clonmel)

Any barrister who intends to participate in the recommended action has been asked to notify their instructing solicitors that the barrister will not be attending court at all, so that any action deemed appropriate by the solicitor in those circumstances can be taken.

Further updates and feedback

The Law Society will share further information on this matter when it is available. If you have any feedback or queries, please email us at solicitorservices@lawsociety.ie.