Until 14th July 2020, because of Covid-19 restrictions, the hearing of personal injuries actions had to be suspended. On 14th July the hearing of personal injuries actions resumed in Dublin, albeit with a somewhat reduced daily list (15) due to the reduced availability of Covid-19 compliant courtrooms. A remote callover takes place each morning at 10.15am. Apart from specially fixed cases, which will be assigned on a priority basis, all other cases will be assigned by lottery in the customary way. Personal injury sittings will also take place this month in Cork Limerick and Kilkenny. All such sittings will be conducted in accordance with current Department of Health guidelines.
Every effort will be made to ensure that cases postponed since 18th March 2020 will be determined as a matter of priority. And, in order to alleviate the consequences of Covid-19 for personal injuries litigants the High Court will sit through September. For further information, see the Notice in respect of the Personal Injuries list - July to September 2020 on the Courts Service website.
All motions postponed by reason of Covid-19 are presently being heard and new motions may be now issued returnable for the Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. Parties and their legal advisers are asked to keep a close eye on the Legal Diary and the Courts Service website as it is anticipated that there are likely to be changes to the manner in which common law motions are currently listed and heard in an effort to future proof them against the consequences of a further Covid-19 surge.