Court of Appeal Directions List – News Update

The Court of Appeal have announced that the Court of Appeal Callover, Directions, and Motions Lists held each Friday will be entirely physical from now on.

There will be no provision for parties to attend remotely unless the Court gives permission in advance. To seek permission an application should be made to the Judge in advance and be supported by a medical report setting out the medical reasons why the party cannot attend Court physically.

If you have any further queries concerning this or wish to instruct us to attend Counsel please contact Denise Hartnett ( in our office who will be happy to assist you.

Changes to the Non-Jury, Judicial Review and Asylum, Immigration and Citizenship Lists

Several changes have been made by Justice Hyland to the Non-Jury, Judicial Review and Asylum, Immigration and Citizenship Lists. These changes include earlier book lodgements, requirements for some books to be brought physically to court, changes to how a practitioner requests late lodgement of books and an update on consent applications.

We strongly recommend that all practitioners who have matters in these lists, thoroughly review the below details to avoid their motions and/or hearings from being struck out.
As always, our team is available to assist with book lodgements, attendance on counsel and/or in the list, and any queries you may have.

  1. Non-Jury, Judicial Review and Asylum Hearings and Callover of Hearings
    1. Papers for hearings in Non-Jury, Judicial Review and Asylum Lists must be lodged in the List Room no later than the Tuesday of the week prior to the Hearing date. (Please note, this deadline does not apply to the Monday Judicial Review ex-parte list and the Monday Asylum and Immigration ex-parte list- for information on lodgement for that list, see item 3 below).
    2. Parties in Asylum, Immigration and Citizenship List hearings should note that the Tuesday deadline supersedes the deadline for lodgement of papers for hearings included in Asylum Practice direction HC81.
    3. Any application for late lodgement of papers must be made to the List Judge at the callover on the Thursday of the week prior to the Hearing date.
    4. The callover takes placed on a hybrid basis and begins at 10 a.m. Parties must also indicate at the callover whether the hearing will be physical, hybrid, or remote. If no preference is given, the hearing will be physical. If there is no attendance at the callover, the hearing will be struck out.
    5. Correspondence to the registrars/mailbox/Judicial Assistant seeking permission for the late lodgement of papers, requests to change the mode of hearing, or applications to reinstate hearings that have been struck out will not be acknowledged. No additional/missing documents will be accepted by email. Any further applications must be made to the Court at the end of the list any day.
    6. Papers for hearings will not be returned and will be shredded. They must be re-lodged prior to any new hearing date.
  1. Case Management Hearings
    1. Lodgement of papers in advance is no longer required for Case Management hearings. If there are papers that the parties wish to bring to the attention of the Court, these may be handed in by the solicitor when the matter is called.
  1. Judicial Review Ex Parte and Asylum Ex Parte Lists
    1. Papers for Judicial Review ex-parte applications listed in the Monday Judicial Review ex-parte list and the Monday Asylum ex-parte list must be lodged in the List Room no later than the Monday of the week prior to the list ( later than 7 days before the Listing). Due to capacity issues in the List Room, papers can only be accepted from a fortnight before the listing date up until the Monday of the week prior to the Listing.
    2. Papers for leave applications will not be returned and will be shredded They must be re-lodged prior to any adjourned date.
  1. Judicial Review and Asylum- “Leave on Notice” Applications
    1. If the Court directs that an application for leave to seek Judicial Review is to be made on notice, the applicant/applicant’s solicitor must liaise with the solicitor for the respondent prior to the return date to ascertain if the leave application will be contested.
    2. If the leave application will not be contested, the applicant/applicant’s solicitor must hand in a copy of the Statement of Grounds to the Judge in court.
    3. If the leave application is contested by the respondent(s), a hearing date will be given and papers must be lodged in the List Room prior to the hearing in accordance with Item 1 above.
  1. Judicial Review and Asylum- Applications to Open and Adjourn (to stop time)
    1. Applications to open a Judicial Review for the purposes of stopping time only can be made at the end of the list any day, provided the case has been issued by the Central Office and a record number has been obtained.
    2. Practitioners do not have to email the registrar to ask for permission to mention the proceedings in advance. Booklets of papers are not required in Court for the application to open the Judicial Review for the purposes of stopping time.
  1. Matters Listed for Mention
    1. Papers are not to be lodged in the List Room for matters listed for mention. If there are papers which the parties wish to bring to the attention of the Court, these are to be handed in when the matter is called.
    2. Emails to registrars/Judicial Assistants regarding papers/correspondence for the Judge will not be acknowledged.
  1. Queries to the Non-Jury/Judicial Review List mailbox
    1. Parties should be mindful of the volume of correspondence that registrars are receiving and must consult High Court Search, the list diaries and Today’s cases on the Legal Diary and this notice before contacting the registrar/mailbox.
    2. The Non Jury and Judicial Review mailbox ( should primarily be used to send in terms of orders or to request that certified actions are listed for mention to get a hearing date.
    3. The most efficient way of raising queries is to mention your query to the Non-Jury and Judicial Review registrar before the List or at the end of the list on Tuesday-Friday inclusive.
    4. Most other requests to list matters for mention can mentioned to the Judge at the end of the List on Tuesday (in respect of Judicial Review proceedings), Wednesday (in respect of non-Jury proceedings) or Fridays (in respect of Asylum applications).
    5. If sending a query to the mailbox, please ensure the record number is quoted in the subject line of the correspondence.
  1. Consent Applications
    1. Consent applications in the Non-Jury and Judicial Review Lists will be taken by the registrar on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:15. On Thursday, consent applications will be taken at the end of the Callover of hearings.
  1. Obtaining a hearing date for Non-Jury Actions
    1. Once the Certificate of Readiness has been filed in the Central Office, please email along with a soft copy of the Certificate. The action will be listed for mention on the next available Wednesday.
    2. Once the registrar provides the date, the requesting party must then inform the other party/parties of the date.

Easter 2023 Opening Hours

We wish to advise that our offices will close on Thursday 6th April 2023 at 5.00 p.m. and will re-open on Wednesday 12th April 2023 at 9.00 a.m.

If you are planning to send anything of an urgent nature, please ensure that it reaches us no later than first post on Wednesday 5th April 2023, as anything received after that date may not be processed until Wednesday 12th April 2023.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

Notice Re Cancellation of the Dublin County Registrar Family Law Motions List For Wednesday 11 May 2022

Practitioners please note the following notice from the Courts Service of Ireland:

Please be informed the County Registrar, Circuit Court Family Law Motions list, scheduled for the 11th of May 2022 in Court 27, Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 7 is  now ‘CANCELLED ‘.

All Matters will stand adjourned to the Afternoon of the 25th of May 2022 in Court 27,Four Courts, Inns Quay. Rescheduled times will be listed on the Legal Diary of the 25th of May 2022.

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NOTICE RE: Sligo Personal Injuries List, (Monday 16th May 2022 to Friday 27th May 2022)

Practitioners please note, there will be a Positive callover of all cases set down for the Sligo Personal Injuries List on Friday the 29th April 2022 remotely at 10.30 a.m before Mr Justice O’ Connor to fix dates for the Easter Sittings commencing on the 16th May 2022. As this is a Positive callover, where there is no Appearance by either party the Notice of Trial will be Struck Out. The Registrar will sit at 9.30 to deal with Strike out applications and consent adjournments only in relation to matters with a list number after PI 4442 SO. Keep reading →

Important Notice Regarding County Registrar Motions lists – Amendment to Notice of March 15th

The Courts Service have issued the following notice:
NB: Please take note of one amendment to the below notice of the 15th of March,  correcting a typo – the lists being heard on the 24th May 2022 should read  2nd May 2023 & 9th May 2023  (not 7th May 2023 & 9th May 2023 as previously stated)

To reduce the current waiting times for hearing dates for Civil Motions before the Dublin County Registrar, caused by the Covid-19 restrictions, the following will apply:

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