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The Courts Service is to significantly scale back court hearings as part of nationwide restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Follow(...)

Rossa Fanning SC, for Facebook Ireland and Michael Howard SC, for Google Ireland told the court  there are ongoing discussions with the Courts Service aimed at agreeing a voluntary protocol to address any future need for removal of material which is unlawful or in breach of court orders. File photograph: AFP

The Courts Service has obtained interim High Court orders against Google Ireland and Facebook Ireland aimed at discovering the identity of those respo(...)

The Courts Service said approximately 8,000 people will be receiving letters cancelling their court date and notifying them that new fine and court dates will issue in due course.

The Courts Service has had to re-issue approximately 14,000 fine notices after wrong dates were printed on them. The service said that approximately (...)

Report being prepared by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who is retiring in June, will change civil court rules “that haven’t been changed since the 1880s”. Photograph: Colin Keegan

A massive increase in the use of technology in the courts, including allowing online guilty pleas for less serious offences and streamed sittings that(...)

Judges expenses for the first six months of the year were down marginally on the same time  in 2018.

The country’s judiciary — which recently received a pay increase — claimed over €1 million in expenses for the first six months of this year. New fig(...)

A pilot programme is being run in four counties before the service is rolled out nationally

More than 40,000 paper applications will soon no longer be necessary as the Courts Service moves the filing of documents for pub, hotel and restaurant(...)

The scrapping of the poor box system and its replacement with a more transparent auditing system with monies to go to victims of crime was recommended almost 20 years ago. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Almost €1.74 million was paid out from the court poor box to various charities in 2018, according to figures released by the Courts Service. The sum (...)

  Chief Justice Frank Clarke.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Only “bona fide journalists” and lawyers may report, message or tweet live from court cases, the Chief Justice has directed. The new practice directi(...)

Journalists are to be given clear and uncontested access to court records for the first time under new guidelines being drawn up by the Courts Service. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Journalists are to be given clear and uncontested access to court records for the first time under new guidelines being drawn up by the Courts Servic(...)

Last year the Courts Service Board established a group, chaired by Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Peter Charleton to review the Judicial Assistant Programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some judges are unhappy with the quality of their assistants and are seeking the return of the old usher system, which was abolished during the recess(...)

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