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# courts-service - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Croke Park to host criminal trials during first three months of 2021
# Sods Law
# Sods Law

Croke Park to host criminal trials during first three months of 2021

Dec 29th 2020, 6:30 AM 33,282 Views 24 Comments

Trials will be held in conference facilities at the GAA venue from mid-January.

# courts-service - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Almost 100,000 courts summonses delayed in Irish system following Covid-19 restrictions
# Courts
# Courts

Almost 100,000 courts summonses delayed in Irish system following Covid-19 restrictions

Dec 10th 2020, 9:20 AM 7,054 Views 3 Comments

95,000 summonses are currently backlogged in the system.

# courts-service - Monday 5 October, 2020

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

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

Oct 5th 2020, 10:01 AM 34,578 Views 43 Comments

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'
# Justice
# Justice

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

Jul 11th 2020, 6:30 AM 12,719 Views 7 Comments

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
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Full court sittings set to resume tomorrow

May 21st 2020, 7:40 PM 27,521 Views 17 Comments

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
# Courts Service
# Courts Service

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

May 20th 2020, 1:36 PM 10,047 Views 10 Comments

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
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

Apr 9th 2020, 10:44 PM 15,809 Views 4 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

Mar 25th 2020, 8:25 PM 40,556 Views 22 Comments

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
# Courts Service
# Courts Service

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

Mar 24th 2020, 2:35 PM 9,757 Views 8 Comments

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
# Courts Service
# Courts Service

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

Mar 13th 2020, 6:46 PM 18,661 Views 10 Comments

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
# History Made
# History Made

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

Jan 16th 2020, 5:23 PM 216 Views 0 Comments

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
# Unpaid Fines
# Unpaid Fines

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

Jan 2nd 2020, 12:24 PM 26,716 Views 69 Comments

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
# Premiums
# Premiums

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

Jul 8th 2019, 1:08 PM 31,124 Views 56 Comments

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
# Put The Phone Away
# Put The Phone Away

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

Nov 17th 2018, 11:19 AM 13,046 Views 21 Comments

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
# Divestment
# Divestment

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

Jul 29th 2018, 7:00 AM 12,272 Views 19 Comments

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
# Hammond Street
# Hammond Street

Minister keen to give Smithfield family court complex the green light

Jul 22nd 2018, 6:30 PM 10,863 Views 1 Comment

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
# Welfare Fraud
# Welfare Fraud

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

Oct 10th 2017, 7:11 PM 40,737 Views 41 Comments

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
# Courts
# Courts

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

Jul 26th 2017, 6:01 AM 9,585 Views 32 Comments

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
# Ethical Investment
# Ethical Investment

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

Jul 3rd 2017, 12:05 AM 13,779 Views 18 Comments

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
# IOU
# IOU

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

Nov 28th 2016, 6:00 AM 6,442 Views 12 Comments

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?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

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

Nov 27th 2016, 10:00 PM 22,443 Views 41 Comments

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
# Courts Service
# Courts Service

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

Jul 12th 2016, 3:50 PM 14,831 Views 103 Comments

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"?
# Wild Variation
# Wild Variation

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

Sep 1st 2015, 3:00 PM 11,139 Views 22 Comments

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
# Dangerous Driving
# Dangerous Driving

Fewer people are being taken to court for drink driving offences

Jul 14th 2015, 6:15 AM 7,754 Views 9 Comments

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'
# Trouble Brewing
# Trouble Brewing

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

Feb 13th 2015, 7:30 AM 19,246 Views 57 Comments

“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
# Lady Justice
# Lady Justice

The number of female judges has hit a record high

Dec 2nd 2014, 8:05 PM 15,532 Views 59 Comments

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'
# Day One
# Day One

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

Nov 5th 2014, 10:47 PM 13,160 Views 15 Comments

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?
# Legal Costs
# Legal Costs

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

Oct 16th 2014, 5:13 PM 19,474 Views 40 Comments

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
# Justice
# Justice

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

Sep 22nd 2014, 1:00 PM 7,953 Views 8 Comments

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
# Traffic Jam
# Traffic Jam

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

Jul 25th 2014, 6:30 AM 4,862 Views 19 Comments

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
# Charities
# Charities

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

Feb 4th 2014, 6:28 PM 8,724 Views 23 Comments

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
# Family Law
# Family Law

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

Feb 4th 2014, 8:14 AM 5,803 Views 12 Comments

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
# Courts Service
# Courts Service

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

Jan 21st 2014, 12:20 PM 5,266 Views 12 Comments

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
# FLAC
# FLAC

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

Dec 16th 2013, 4:00 PM 7,202 Views 9 Comments

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'
# RIP
# RIP

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

Aug 19th 2013, 11:34 AM 6,145 Views 7 Comments

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
# Kilmainham
# Kilmainham

Courts Service hands keys of Kilmainham Courthouse over to OPW

Jul 29th 2013, 8:22 PM 8,817 Views 10 Comments

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
# Domestic Violence
# Domestic Violence

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

Jul 9th 2013, 6:15 AM 6,931 Views 21 Comments

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

# courts-service - Monday 8 July, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
# News Fix
# News Fix

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday

Jul 8th 2013, 10:00 PM 15,865 Views 5 Comments

The 17 things we learned today…

Chief Justice looks for ethics in the boardroom
# Boom And Bust
# Boom And Bust

Chief Justice looks for ethics in the boardroom

Jul 8th 2013, 8:24 PM 6,584 Views 33 Comments

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
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

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

Jul 8th 2013, 12:45 PM 5,928 Views 27 Comments

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

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