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How to make a request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI) you have a right to apply for access to information which is not usually available to the public.

The Publication Scheme is intended to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. Routinely published information is categorised under the Publication Scheme section and the information you are seeking may be available already.

To make an FOI request, you must apply writing and indicate that you are seeking the information under the Freedom of Information Act.

In your correspondence you should give as much information as possible about the records you are seeking and specify how you would prefer to receive the records - for example, photocopy, computer disc. You should also provide a day-time telephone number so that we can contact you if necessary.

You may make your application by post or by e-mail using the contact details listed below.

We will respond to all requests within 4 weeks from the date the request has been received.

You have a right to:

» access to records held by the Courts Service, subject to the provisions of the Act
» have personal information about yourself which is held by the Courts Service corrected where it is incorrect, not complete or is misleading
» access to the reasons for decisions made by the Courts Service which directly affect you

Records relating to court proceedings

Court records are under the control of the courts and not the Courts Service.

In general, you would have to apply to the court (not the Courts Service) to get information about a court record. This is in line with section 65 of the Court Officers Act, 1926 which states that

'all proofs and all other documents and papers lodged in or handed in to any court in relation to or in the course of the hearing of any suit or matter shall be held by or at the order and disposal of the judge or the senior of the judges by or before whom such suit is heard.'

The following are the records which come within the range of the Act

» all records held by the Courts Service which have personal information about you
» all other records created by the Courts Service since the commencement date of the Act, that is 21 April 1998, (subject to the limitations of the Act)
» any other record which is necessary to help understand a current record

Courts Service Freedom of Information Officer

You should address your application for information under the Freedom of Information Act to:

Ms. Linda Memery,
Freedom of Information Officer,
The Courts Service,
15/24 Phoenix Street North,
Dublin 7.
Phone + 353 1 888 6464
Email: foi@courts.ie