Update Regarding the Master’s Court

Following the statement of The President of the High Court on the 23rd February 2021 the Master will not sit again until further Notice and that the sittings of this court will be reviewed on Monday 15th March 2021 and on a weekly basis thereafter. All matters currently before the Master are adjourned and will re scheduled. Listings will be updated following any revision in the level of Covid- 19 restrictions.

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High Court Civil Jury List to Fix Dates Cancelled

Due to the continuation of public health measures as a result of Covid-19, the High Court Civil Jury List to Fix Dates scheduled for Thursday 4th March 2021 has been cancelled.

Parties are advised to continue to check the Courts Service web site (www.courts.ie) and the High Court legal diary (http://legaldiary.courts.ie/high-court – jury list section) for further updates on these lists and the date of the next List to Fix Dates.

Courts Service extend Covid-19 Level 5 protocols announced at start of legal term until 5 April 2021

 Following the Government announcement to extend current Level 5 restrictions, the Courts Service and the Judiciary have agreed to continue existing Covid-19 Level 5 protocols into the month of March 2021. The Courts Service and Judiciary will review the situation on 15 March 2021, taking into consideration Government and public health advices, as well as required lead-in times for a phased increase of Court business. 

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Covid-19 Notice: The District Court

His Honour Judge Colin Daly, President of the District Court has issued the following notice:

Due to the continuation of the current Covid-19 level 5 restrictions, the advice from NPHET concerning the projected rate of infection in the community over the coming weeks and other relevant Covid-19 information, the measures adopted by the District Court for the conduct of criminal, civil, family law and child care law from the 7th January to the 1st March 2021 will be extended to the 5th April 2021. These measures will be reviewed periodically according to public health and government’s advice.

This notice can be read on the Courts Service website here.

Covid-19 Notice: High Court Criminal Proceedings and Applications

Due to the imposition of the current Covid-19 level 5 restrictions and the advice from NPHET concerning the projected rate of infection in the community it is not possible to give any definitive date as to when criminal jury trials can safely be recommenced. The situation will be reviewed again on 15th March 2021. Updated notices will thereafter appear in the Legal Diary and on the Courts Service Website. Please read the full notice on the Courts Website here.

Covid-19 Notice: High Court Civil Proceedings

Due to the continuation of the current Covid-19 level 5 restrictions, the advice from NPHET concerning the projected rate of infection in the community over the coming weeks and other relevant Covid-19 information, it has been decided that until further notice civil work in the High Court will proceed subject to same limitations as were first imposed at the time of the 19th October 2020 level 5 lockdown which limitations were reinstated further to the direction of the President dated the 5th January 2021. The situation will continue be reviewed on a weekly basis commencing Monday 15th March 2021 leaving open the possibility that current limitations may be reduced or removed before the formal end of present level 5 restrictions. Please see the summary on the Courts service website here for further details.