In light of the current Level 5 restrictions, public health guidance and the high incidence of the Covid-19 virus in the community and pursuant to the Notice of the President of the High Court in relation to the conduct of Civil Business in the High Court, please be advised that all cases that were listed for hearing for Hilary term (weeks commencing Tuesday the 12th of January 2021 up to Friday the 26h of March 2021) together with new cases awaiting a hearing date all now stand adjourned to a list to fix dates to be held on Monday the 15th of March 2021 – with a view to assigning hearing dates.
Matters that were listed for Monday the 25th of January 2021, the 1st , 8th , 15th , 22nd of February 2021 and 1st of March 2021 will now be called over remotely on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 and Wednesday 3rd March 2021 - with a view to dealing with consent adjournments and consent orders and directing remote hearings where appropriate on a date to be fixed in Hilary or Easter Term. The named lists for the callovers will be published in the Legal Diary.
THE VIRTUAL COURTROOM NUMBER AND RELEVANT INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS THROUGH THE LAW SOCIETY OF IRELAND AND THE BAR OF IRELAND WEBSITES:
LAW SOCIETY OF IRELAND - REMOTE HEARING LINK - HTTPS://WWW.LAWSOCIETY.IE/REMOTEHEARINGS
BAR OF IRELAND MEMBERS AREA -REMOTE HEARING LINK - HTTPS://MEMBERS.LAWLIBRARY.IE/CONNECT/
Practitioners are requested to notify the other side, if unrepresented, of the virtual courtroom number.
Unrepresented parties are advised to identify themselves by initials only on screen and when a matter is called.
The Monday lists for 8th 15th and 22nd March 2021 will proceed remotely in like manner on each of those dates.
Remote hearings for High Court Family Law have commenced. Please see Notice re Remote Hearings from 1/2/21 on www.courts.ie This facility has been expanded to include short contentious matters of no longer than 2 hours duration if the parties consent to a virtual hearing. The parties must present soft copy papers in an organised and paginated and indexed fashion so that the virtual hearings can run smoothly. Numerous attachments in a piecemeal fashion are unworkable and litigants should avail of software packages available to present Booklets.
It is intended that the facility of virtual hearings will be expanded and applications for longer remote hearings will be considered.
The situation will be kept under review and any applications for a remote or physical hearing in respect of urgent matters as they arise can be made to Mr. Justice Jordan by contacting the Registrar responsible for the management of the Family Law List Ms. Aisling O’Neill aislingo’firstname.lastname@example.org
24th of February 2021