Courts Service Of Ireland

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The Courts Service has revealed that the pandemic led to a sharp decline in the overall number of cases heard by the courts last year. The total number of new criminal and civil cases heard by the courts last year dropped in comparison to the previous year, although divorce, domestic violence and se

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Ireland had a busy legal year with 580,000 new cases coming to court despite the pandemic, the Courts Service annual report shows. Chief Justice Frank Clarke presented the 2020 Annual Report to Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton at a physically distanced event in Dublin today.

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A further 50 courtrooms across the State will be fitted with technology to facilitate remote and "hybrid" court hearings in the coming year as the Courts Service continues to rapidly modernise in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ambitious plans to expand the use of technology in the courts system

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A major Covid-related backlog in the summons scheduling waiting list has been reduced to 95,000 from around 122,000 in mid-October, the Courts Service of Ireland has said. The backlog arose from the need to reduce the numbers in court following the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions in March. The

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Plans to use part of the conference and events centre at Croke Park for trials have been lodged with Dublin City Council. The Courts Service has submitted a planning application seeking permission to use a portion of Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6 of the centre as courtrooms and ancillary facilities.

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Courts in Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan will remain open following the introduction of tighter Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight. In a statement, the Courts Service said it had reviewed the guidance on Level 4 which will apply to the areas and will keep the courts open with protective public

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The Bar Council of Ireland has pushed back at claims from the head of the Courts Service that some practitioners have "made a fortune" during the COVID-19 crisis. In an interview published by The Irish Times last Thursday, Angela Denning, CEO of the Courts Service, suggested that while some lawyers

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A new online application process for grants of probate and letters of administration is set to be rolled out from September. The Courts Service of Ireland has said it will "modernise and transform the current process, making it easier and more efficient to complete".

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The Courts Service of Ireland has announced the official roll-out of its new website next week. The new website has been accessible for some time at beta.courts.ie alongside the existing site.

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The Courts Service has "developed five years in the past five months" in terms of thinking, planning and actions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Justice Frank Clarke has said. Speaking at the launch of the service's annual report for 2019, which he said "seems now like a different era", he welco

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Anyone attending court will have their name and contact details recorded for contact tracing purposes under new measures introduced to allow full physical court sittings to resume. Physical court sittings were limited on Wednesday to a maximum of two hours per day after an Oireachtas committee was t

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Full court sittings will resume "as soon as tomorrow" with new safety measures, the Courts Service has indicated. Physical court sittings were yesterday limited to a maximum of two hours per day while clarification was sought on health advice given to the Oireachtas.

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The Courts Service has announced the reopening of the Stamp Office. The office, temporarily relocated to the ground floor of Áras Uí Dhálaigh in the Four Courts complex, will be open from 10am to 2pm every day.

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The latest guidance from the Courts Service of Ireland in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, issued on Sunday night, is reproduced in full below. Notice for practitioners and members of the public requiring services from court offices in respect of criminal, family law and civil law business

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