The Courts Service advises that, as of now, courts will remain open throughout the country but, in order to minimize contact, they will deal with urgent matters only. Accordingly, if a matter is non-urgent, clients should instruct their solicitor to ask for an adjournment. The client will not need to attend court. Court users who do not have legal representation should come to court and seek an adjournment. In non-urgent District Court criminal cases, the Courts Service advises that matters should be adjourned to dates from 8 June 2020, about 12 weeks from now. Lists will be staggered to avoid large numbers of people in a court room at any one time.
Family law and child protection cases will proceed as normal and video-conferencing is to be made available for use in custody hearings.
The Courts Service has implemented a policy whereby clients who obtained special licensing exemptions for events which will not proceed as a result of Covid 19 can apply for a refund.
Clients who have urgent matters can call the office at 0579120293.