Courts Service of Ireland



Summons backlog down more than a fifth to 95,000 applications

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.

Published 10 December 2020

Planning application seeks permission to use Croke Park for trials

Plans to use part of the conference and events centre at Croke Park for trials have been lodged with Dublin City Council.

Published 16 November 2020

Courts in Level 4 areas to remain open

Courts in Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan will remain open following the introduction of tighter Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight.

Published 15 October 2020

New online process rolled out for probate and administration applications

A new online process for filing and processing an application for probate or administration has been introduced.

Published 15 September 2020

Bar pushes against narrative that lawyers have 'made a fortune' from COVID-19

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.

Published 31 August 2020

Probate application process to be overhauled in September

A new online application process for grants of probate and letters of administration is set to be rolled out from September.

Published 30 July 2020

Courts Service to launch new website next week

The Courts Service of Ireland has announced the official roll-out of its new website next week.

Published 28 July 2020

Courts have 'developed five years in five months' during COVID-19 crisis

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.

Published 22 July 2020

Anyone attending court to have details recorded for COVID-19 tracing

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.

Published 22 May 2020

Full court sittings to resume 'as soon as tomorrow'

Full court sittings will resume "as soon as tomorrow" with new safety measures, the Courts Service has indicated.

Published 21 May 2020

Stamp Office reopens with social distancing measures

The Courts Service has announced the reopening of the Stamp Office.

Published 16 April 2020

New arrangements set out for criminal, family law and civil law business

The latest guidance from the Courts Service of Ireland in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, issued on Sunday night, is reproduced in full below.

Published 30 March 2020

Court judgments to be handed down via email during coronavirus outbreak

Written court judgments will be delivered by email instead of being handed down in court under new measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 24 March 2020

Additional measures taken to prevent crowding in criminal courts

Additional measures to prevent crowding in the Criminal Courts of Justice have been announced after "a glitch in the situation" yesterday.

Published 24 March 2020

Courts Service: Numbers attending court to be scaled back during coronavirus outbreak

The Courts Service of Ireland has announced measures to "scale back" the numbers attending court. The latest update, issued on Friday evening, is reproduced in full below.

Published 16 March 2020