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# courts-service - Monday 5 October, 2020

Seamus Woulfe postpones meeting with Chief Justice 'for personal reasons'

The two judges were set to meet to discuss the ongoing fallout over the Golfgate dinner.

# courts-service - Saturday 11 July, 2020

Courts gearing up to expand sittings with new plans to deal with the 'growing backlog of cases'

Chief Justice Frank Clarke said detailed planning is set to progress cases of all types to be heard from late August and through September.

# courts-service - Thursday 21 May, 2020

Full court sittings set to resume tomorrow

It was announced yesterday that sittings would only be two hours long, but on foot of new advice that is set to change.

# courts-service - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Court sessions limited to two hours a day, due to 'additional' safety measures

The Courts Service were “unaware” until yesterday that the issue was discussed in the Dáil.

# courts-service - Thursday 9 April, 2020

Courts to increase number of video sittings to overcome Covid-19 restrictions

Hearings have been scaled back in recent weeks following the introduction of physical distancing guidelines.

# courts-service - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Courts introduce 'unprecedented' measures to better adhere to social distancing rules

The Courts Service said that the measures aim to “promote health, yet maintain rights.”

# courts-service - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Criminal Courts to 'further stagger' start times for cases after overcrowding outside courtroom

The move comes after legal professionals expressed concern about overcrowding at the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday.

# courts-service - Friday 13 March, 2020

Covid-19: Irish courts to only hear 'urgent cases' in the coming weeks

The decision was made to avoid the “over concentration of people in one room or place”.

# courts-service - Thursday 16 January, 2020

Supreme Court sits with highest proportion of female judges on bench ever

The Courts Service said the presence of females on the bench has increased greatly in Ireland over the past 25 years.

# courts-service - Thursday 2 January, 2020

Drivers who don't pay fines shouldn't be able to renew motor tax, says Courts Service

The Courts Service has called for the further reform of the court fines system.

# courts-service - Monday 8 July, 2019

'It's time we called out the insurance industry': Courts figures show drop in number of personal injury cases

Awards in medical negligence cases in the High Court were also down last year.

# courts-service - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Only journalists and lawyers to be allowed text and tweet in court says Ireland's top judge

Justice Frank Clarke says the direction is about ensuring fair trials.

# courts-service - Sunday 29 July, 2018

Courts Service of Ireland reduces shares in Big Tobacco, but still holds €4.5m worth in stocks

Critics state the Courts Services continued investment in the tobacco industry flies in the face of the government’s Tobacco Free Ireland vision.

# courts-service - Sunday 22 July, 2018

Minister keen to give Smithfield family court complex the green light

The integrated court complex has been hampered in delays for years.

# courts-service - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail

46-year-old Richard Burbridge committed the offences while operating a courier contract for the Courts Service.

# courts-service - Wednesday 26 July, 2017

Sharp increase in personal injury suits with almost 22,000 filed last year

The biggest award given in the courts last year was €9 million.

# courts-service - Monday 3 July, 2017

Courts Service of Ireland still holds €6 million worth of shares in tobacco companies Exclusive

The Charities Regulator sold off its shares this year.

# courts-service - Monday 28 November, 2016

Nearly €36 million in court fines unpaid in last four years

6,616 people have been committed to prison thus far in 2016 for non-payment of fines.

# courts-service - Sunday 27 November, 2016

FactCheck: Are motor insurance claims and legal fees going up or down?

Using previously unpublished data, FactCheck steps in to referee a heated dispute between the Law Society and the insurance industry.

# courts-service - Tuesday 12 July, 2016

There has been a jump in divorce cases, with more women than men applying

Meanwhile, the District Court dealt with 12,000 drugs offences and 30,000 public order offences in 2015.

# courts-service - Tuesday 1 September, 2015

Are Ireland's children in care subject to a "geographic lottery"?

That’s what the Child Care Law Reporting Project is asking.

# courts-service - Tuesday 14 July, 2015

Fewer people are being taken to court for drink driving offences

62% of the cases that appear before the District Court relate to road traffic offences, which is little change from the year previous.

# courts-service - Friday 13 February, 2015

Calls for Portlaoise Courthouse to be moved after 'mass gurrier brawl'

“Up to 60 people were involved in a wholesale chaotic brawl, fisticuffs and dangerous scenes of violence.”

# courts-service - Tuesday 2 December, 2014

The number of female judges has hit a record high

Exactly one third of judges in the country are women.

# courts-service - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Court of Appeal sits for the first time, but they already have a 'ready-made backlog'

The President of the Court said it is their goal to keep up to date with current appeals as far as reasonably possible.

# courts-service - Thursday 16 October, 2014

Judges claim €1.67 million in expenses - But who cost the most?

One judge cost the state €45,222 in expenses.

# courts-service - Monday 22 September, 2014

Swords, Balbriggan, Tallaght and Dún Laoghaire - You're keeping your courthouses

A plan to close them has been shelved.

# courts-service - Friday 25 July, 2014

Justice Minister adds to calls for 'imaginative' solution to court backlogs

Road tax penalties, debt collectors, tax credit cuts have all been floated to deal with traffic fines.

# courts-service - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Courts 'poor box' to be scrapped in favour 'more transparent' reparations fund

The poor box has been in existence since before the foundation of the State.

Confused about separation or divorce? New videos aim to offer simple advice

The videos, by the Ombudsman for Children and the Courts Service, offer advice on the workings of a family law court and the process of a separation.

# courts-service - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Oxfam, Focus and Garda Trust all benefit from €2m 'Poor Box' fund

The ‘Poor Box’ option can be used by judges for a variety of reasons, including cases where a conviction might be inappropriate or adversely affect employment.

# courts-service - Monday 16 December, 2013

Child care applications up 15 per cent in 2012, wide variations between towns

The figures are contained in the latest volume of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, which also details several high-profile cases.

# courts-service - Monday 19 August, 2013

Chief Justice: death of judge Kevin Feeney is a 'great loss to the State'

The 61-year-old will be laid to rest this afternoon.

# courts-service - Monday 29 July, 2013

Courts Service hands keys of Kilmainham Courthouse over to OPW

The courthouse is expected to expand visitor numbers to Kilmainham Gaol.

# courts-service - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Change in law sees almost 13,000 applications for safety and protection orders

The figures for 2012 were laid out in today’s Annual Report from the Courts Service.

# courts-service - Monday 8 July, 2013

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Chief Justice looks for ethics in the boardroom

Chief Justice Susan Denham said today that a “trail of devastation winds its way into our courts daily”.

Significant rise in number of rape cases in front of Irish courts

The vast majority of cases heard in Irish courts were related to road-traffic offences.

# courts-service - Saturday 2 March, 2013

Court orders for repossessions fall by 30pc in 2012

Figures from the Courts Service show that the number of repossessions has fallen 46 per cent in two years.

# courts-service - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Ireland's judges incur €1.67 million in expenses for 2012

Most of the expenses, which are down 42 per cent on 2008, were incurred in travel and subsistence.

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