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# Courts Service

Last year
'Serious' criminal trials in Dublin being delayed due to ongoing rise of Covid-19 cases
At least three courts at the Criminal Courts of Justice were not able to sit as a result of parties involved in cases having to isolate.
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Courts Service warns of phone scam using what appears to be one of its own numbers
It warned the public not to engage with the caller if they receive such a call.
Over €123,000 paid out incorrectly in 'on-call' allowances to Courts Service staff
A separate audit warned of “reputational damage” over working time breaches.
Croke Park to host criminal trials during first three months of 2021
Trials will be held in conference facilities at the GAA venue from mid-January.
Almost 100,000 courts summonses delayed in Irish system following Covid-19 restrictions
95,000 summonses are currently backlogged in the system.
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 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.
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.
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 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 introduce 'unprecedented' measures to better adhere to social distancing rules
The Courts Service said that the measures aim to “promote health, yet maintain rights.”
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.
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”.
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.
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.
'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.
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 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.
Minister keen to give Smithfield family court complex the green light
The integrated court complex has been hampered in delays for years.
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.
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 of Ireland still holds €6 million worth of shares in tobacco companies
The Charities Regulator sold off its shares this year.
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.
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.
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.
Are Ireland's children in care subject to a "geographic lottery"?
That’s what the Child Care Law Reporting Project is asking.
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.
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.”
The number of female judges has hit a record high
Exactly one third of judges in the country are women.
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.
Judges claim €1.67 million in expenses - But who cost the most?
One judge cost the state €45,222 in expenses.
Swords, Balbriggan, Tallaght and Dún Laoghaire - You're keeping your courthouses
A plan to close them has been shelved.
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 '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.
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.
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.
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 hands keys of Kilmainham Courthouse over to OPW
The courthouse is expected to expand visitor numbers to Kilmainham Gaol.
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.