ORDER 5A - PROCEDURE BY PERSONAL INJURIES SUMMONS
1. In this Order unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires -
"the Act" means the Civil Liability and Courts Act, 2004;
"personal injuries action" has the same meaning as section 2 of the Act and "action" shall be interpreted accordingly;
"personal injury" includes any disease and any impairment of a person's physical or mental condition;
"personal injuries summons" means an initiating document by which a personal injuries action is instituted in accordance with rule 3 of this Order;
"plaintiff" includes a deceased person, where a personal injuries action is instituted for the benefit of dependants of a deceased person;
"pleading" has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Act;
"Personal Public Service Number" means the Personal Public Service Number allocated and issued to a person under section 223 (inserted by section 14 of the Social Welfare Act 1998) of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 1993.
2. (1) The provisions of this Order shall apply to personal injuries actions and to all proceedings in personal injuries actions.
(2) Save where otherwise expressly provided by this Order, in the event that any conflict shall arise between the provision of any rule of this Order and any other provision of these Rules, the provision of the rule of this Order shall, in respect of personal injuries actions, prevail.
3. (1) A personal injuries action shall be instituted by an originating document which shall be in accordance with Form 2P of the Schedule of Forms annexed hereto, and shall be referred to as a personal injuries summons.
(2) Save where otherwise expressly provided by this Order, the provisions of these Rules which apply to a Civil Bill shall, with appropriate modifications, apply to a personal injuries summons.
4. Where a plaintiff alleges that he was unable, at the time at which a personal injuries summons was issued, to include in the personal injuries summons any of the information required by section 10 of the Act to be specified in the personal injuries summons, he shall include in the personal injuries summons a statement of the reasons why it is claimed that any such information could not be provided at the time of issue of the summons. The plaintiff shall, at the time the personal injuries summons is served or as soon as may be thereafter (whether by amendment or otherwise) provide such of the information required by section 10 as was not included in the personal injuries summons.
5. In every personal injuries action pleadings shall conform to the requirements of section 13 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004.
6. (1) A defence shall be delivered by each defendant who has entered an Appearance. The defence shall be in accordance with Form 6A(i) of the Schedule of Forms annexed hereto. Where any defendant makes a counterclaim, such counterclaim shall be in accordance with Form 6A(ii) of the Schedule of Forms and shall be appended to the defence.
(2) The defence shall be delivered to the plaintiff or his Solicitor within 6 weeks of the entry by the defendant of an Appearance.
7. (1) An affidavit of verification of a pleading or of further information requiring under section 14(1), 14(2) or 14(3) of the Act to be verified on oath shall be in accordance with Form 6A(iii) of the Schedule of Forms annexed hereto. Where the affidavit is not made separately to the pleading or other document concerned, it shall be appended to such pleading or other document.
(2) A copy of the affidavit of verification shall be delivered to the party to whom the pleading or other document is to be delivered. Where the affidavit is appended to the pleading or other document, the copy of the affidavit shall be delivered within the time prescribed by these Rules for delivery of such pleading or other document. Otherwise, the affidavit shall be delivered within the time prescribed by section 14 of the Act for lodgment of the affidavit in court.
(3) Where the copy of the affidavit of verification is delivered subsequent to delivery of the pleading or other document, the time prescribed by these Rules for delivery of any pleading or other document in reply shall run from the date of delivery of such copy.
(4) An affidavit of verification shall be lodged in court as required by section 14(4) of the Act by being filed in the Office.
8. (1) The following applications in a personal injuries action shall, subject to the following rules of this Order, be made by motion to the Court on notice to the opposing party or parties, grounded, where necessary, upon an affidavit sworn by or on behalf of the moving party:
(i) An application by a defendant under section 10(3) of the Act for a stay or dismissal of the action by reason of a plaintiff's failure to provide the information necessary to comply with section 10 of the Act;
(ii) An application by a defendant under section 11(3) of the Act for a stay or dismissal of the action by reason of a plaintiff's failure to provide further information requested under section 11(1) or section 11(2) of the Act;
(iii) An application by a plaintiff under section 12(3) of the Act for a stay of the action or for judgment by reason of a defendant's failure to provide the information necessary to comply with section 12 of the Act;
(iv) An application for an order for the delivery by the opposing party of further and better particulars of any pleading delivered by such party;
(v) An application by a party wishing to have evidence in the action given by affidavit, under section 19 of the Act;
An application referred to in paragraphs (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) of this sub-rule shall not be issued unless:
(a) the moving party shall have first written to the relevant opposing party requesting that such party agree to the moving party's request;
(b) a period of twenty eight days for compliance with the moving party's request has been allowed; and
(c) the party requested has failed, refused or neglected to comply with, such request.
(2) No application for judgment or for other relief in default of pleading shall be granted in a personal injuries action unless the moving party has satisfied the Court that he has verified his previous pleadings in that action on oath in accordance with this Order.
9. (1) A request by a party for a direction of the Court under section 15 of the Act that a mediation conference be held shall be made by motion to the Court on notice to the opposing party or parties, grounded upon an affidavit sworn by or on behalf of the moving party.
(2) Where the Court directs that a mediation conference be held, it may adjourn the proceedings for such time as it considers appropriate to enable the mediation conference to be held.
(3) Where the Court directs that a mediation conference be held, it may extend the time for compliance by the parties or any of them with any provision of these Rules or any order of the court in the proceedings.
(4) The report under section 16 of the Act of the person appointed under section 15(4) of the Act to be the chairperson of a mediation conference shall be by way of affidavit which, in addition to any matters required by section 16 of the Act to be contained in such report, shall verify:
(a) his or her appointment as mediator;
(b) whether the mediation conference was or was not held;
(c) if not held, the reasons why the mediation conference did not take place; (d) if held,(i) the time and place at which the mediation conference was held; (ii) the parties in attendance; (iii) whether or not a settlement has been reached in the action and (iv) the terms of any settlement signed by the parties.
10. Copies of the plaintiff's notice of an offer of terms of settlement required by section 17(1) of the Act and of the defendant's notice required by section 17(2) of the Act shall be lodged in court by being filed (together with an affidavit as to the service of the same on the opposing party) in the Office as soon as may be after the expiry of the prescribed period referred to in section 17(3) of the Act. Such notice shall be in accordance with Form 6A(iv) of the Schedule of Forms annexed hereto.
11. (1) A person presiding over a pre-trial hearing directed by the Court under section 18 of the Act may at such hearing give such directions and make such orders as may be necessary for the purposes of determining what matters relating to the action are in dispute.
(2) Any direction given or order made at a pre-trial hearing by a person, other than a Judge, presiding over such hearing, may be appealed to the Court by a party affected."