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The Freedom of Information Act, 1997 as amended by Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act, 2003 allows the public to obtain information held by public bodies which is not available in other ways.

Some of the records held by the Courts Service are routinely available to the public. For example, you can get lists of court sittings such as the Legal Diary. This type of information is available without the need to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Court sittings are open to the public who may enter, see and listen to justice being administered except  where the 'in camera' sign is displayed. This means that the case is not open to the general public.