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Circuit Court Rules

Order: 1

Sittings, language and office hours

The below amendment(s) have been made to this instrument which can be viewed by clicking on the link(s):

No1-S.I. No. 312 Of 2007: Circuit Court Rules (General) 2007
No1-S.I. No. 235 Of 2009: Circuit Court Rules (Sittings) 2009

    1. Sittings of the Court shall be held at the places within each Circuit as may be from time to time prescribed, and at such times as the Judge of such Circuit shall from time to time direct and appoint. Notice of such sittings in every County, save Dublin, shall be published in Iris Oifigiuil and in a newspaper circulating in the County, not later than two months before the date thereof; provided that the Judge, or, in his absence, the County Registrar by his direction, may, whenever it is found impracticable to hold a sitting of the Court as published, notwithstanding anything contained in any public notice previously given, adjourn such sitting to such further date (at the same place) as he may think fit, on giving such notice as may in the circumstances be practicable; provided that in the event of the Judge at any scheduled place being of opinion that any cause, action or matter cannot, owing to the time allotted for the sittings, or for any other sufficient reason, be conveniently heard or disposed of at that sittings, it shall be lawful for such Judge, either with or without any application for that purpose, to adjourn the hearing of such action, cause or matter to some date to be fixed by him. This Rule is subject to the exercise by the President of the Circuit Court of the powers conferred upon him by Part III of the Courts of Justice Act, 1947.

    2. This Rule applies to the Dublin Circuit only subject to the provisions of Rule 1 hereof. The President of the Circuit Court if assigned to the Dublin Circuit or the Senior Judge of the Dublin Circuit if the President is not assigned to that Circuit shall direct and appoint the times and places for the Sittings of the Circuit Court in the Dublin Circuit. Notice of such Sittings shall be published in Iris Oifigiuil not later than two months before the date thereof. The said notice shall set out the day of commencement and the day of termination of each Sitting. Provided that the President of the Circuit Court if assigned to the Dublin Circuit or the Senior Judge of the Dublin Circuit if the President of the Circuit Court is not assigned to the Dublin Circuit may with the consent of all the Judges permanently assigned to the Dublin Circuit extend any Sittings of the Circuit Court in the Dublin Circuit beyond the date of termination of that Sittings. It will not be necessary to publish any notice of such extension.

    3. Save as is provided in this Order, no sittings of the Court shall be held during the months of August and September, which shall be observed as Vacation other than to continue a hearing commenced before the first of August.

    4. During the months of August and September a Judge or Judges of the Circuit Court shall sit in Dublin, on such dates as may be announced, to hear all such applications and cases for the Dublin Circuit as may require to be promptly heard. Further, the President of the Circuit Court may, in accordance with the powers conferred on him by Section 10 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1947, fix sittings to be held in any Circuit during the month of August or September where such additional sittings are, in the view of the President of the Circuit Court, necessary or desirable.

    5. Applications of an urgent nature whether during a vacation or otherwise may be made to the President of the Circuit Court or a Judge nominated by him. Notice of intention to make any such application shall be given to the County Registrar who shall submit the matter to the President or a Judge nominated by him which said application shall be made at any time or place approved by the President of the Circuit Court or a Judge nominated by him.

    6. Either the National language or the English language may be used in any Court document, or at the hearing of any cause or matter.

    7. The Offices of the Court shall be open to the public for the transaction of business on every week-day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., with the exception of Saturday and of such days as may be proclaimed by lawful authority to be public holidays.