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Central Office of the High Court - Listing Procedures


When your case is ready for hearing, you should set it down for trial It will then be assigned to the relevant list dealing with this type of case. The information below details the different procedures for each list. These lists are published in the Legal Diary section of this website. Your case will appear in one of the lists depending on the type of case it is.

Chancery List:

Types of Cases

Injunction applications, company law matters, specific performance / rescission of contracts, administration of estates of deceased persons / trust actions.

Listing Procedures

The case is set down for hearing. Then a certificate stating that the case is ready for hearing (Certificate of Readiness) from senior counsel must be lodged. Once this is done an application can be made for a hearing date at the time and date set out below.

Personal Injury Lists:

Types of Cases

All personal injury actions.

Listing Procedures

Once a case is set down for hearing, it gets a list number and remains in the Personal Injury (PI) list until called on by the solicitors involved (every Wednesday in term). In the Dublin list, where a case has not been called on, a warning list system operates. The warning list operates when there are insufficient cases called on for hearing on any particular day. The PI list is supplemented with cases taken from the warning list. Applications regarding this list, and for dates in the general list, are made at the time and date set out below.

The Warning List is printed in the Legal Diary on the Friday preceding the Wednesday call-over.

You may apply for a date for country venues at the relevant call over for each country venues list. These are held approximately 2 weeks before the sitting in the venue.

Non Jury List:

Types of Cases

Breach of contract actions, professional negligence actions, debt collection.

Listing Procedures

The case is set down for hearing. Then a certificate stating that the case is ready for hearing (Certificate of Readiness) from senior counsel must be lodged. Once this is done an application can be made for a hearing date at the time and date set out below.

Judicial Review List:

Types of Cases

Challenges to the decision making processes of administrative bodies and lower courts.

Listing Procedures

Once a case is ready for hearing an application can be made for a hearing date at the time and date set out below.

Allocation of hearing dates during legal term:

High Court list

Fixing of dates before the Deputy Master or registrar

Review of directions of the Deputy Master before the list judge

Contested applications before the list judge

Personal injuries

each Monday at 11.00 a.m. in the Master's court

each Tuesday at 10.00 a.m. in Court 2

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Chancery

each Thursday at 10.00 a.m. in court 3

n/a

each Thursday at 10.30 a.m. in court 3

Non jury (including Circuit appeals)

each Wednesday at 10.00 a.m. in court 4

each thursday at 10.45 a.m. in court 4

-

Judicial Review

each Thursday at 10.00 a.m. in court 4

each Thursday at 10.45 a.m. in court 4

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Family Law List:

Types of Cases

All family law actions

Listing Procedures

Special summonses in family law matters are transferred for hearing when in order, from the Master's list to the family law list. Nullity petitions are set down for hearing when ready. Special summonses and petitions are assigned hearing dates at the end of one legal term for the next legal term.

Jury List:

Types of cases

Libel, defamation cases; assault

Listing procedures

The case is set down for hearing. After this, the case goes into a 'list to fix dates'. This list to fix dates is heard at the end of one legal term and assigns cases for hearing in the next legal term, cases not assigned dates are put into the next list to fix dates held towards the end of the following term.

Circuit Appeal List:

Types of Cases

All appeals to High Court from the Circuit Court

Listing procedures

Two books of pleadings must be filed. The case is then listed for mention in a subsequent Monday non jury list for the purpose of allocation of a hearing date.

High Court Actions heard outside Dublin

Personal Injury Actions

The High Court travels outside Dublin to hear personal injury actions at venues around Ireland

Circuit Court Appeals

The High Court to a number of venues outside Dublin to hear appeals from circuit court cases.

The rules governing Circuit Court Appeals to the High Court are dealt with by the Rules of the Superior Courts (RSC). The Notice of Appeal form is set out in Appendix I of the RSC.

 

Related links
General High Court Business
Initiating your Case
Pre Trial issues
Judgments Section

 

page updated: 9 May 2013