Court Rules of Ireland


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1. (1) In this Order, ‘enactment’ has the same meaning as in the Interpretation Act, 2005.

(2) Where any enactment provides for an appeal to be made to the Court or to a judge of the Court from:

(i) a decision or determination made, or

(ii) a direction given, or

(iii) a requirement specified in a notice issued

by a person or body (other than the District Court), authorised by any enactment to make such decision or determination, to give such direction or, as the case may be, to impose or notify such requirement (in this Order referred to as “the relevant authority”), and provision for the procedure applicable is not made either by the enactment concerned or by another Order, the procedure set out in this Order shall apply, subject to any requirement of the relevant enactment.

(3) Unless otherwise provided in an enactment, the appeal shall be brought in the county where the appellant or one of the appellants resides or carries on any trade, profession or business.

(4) For the avoidance of doubt, the procedure set out in this Order shall not apply to any re-hearing by a judge of the court of an appeal determined by the Appeal Commissioners appointed under section 850 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997.

[SI 222/19; SI 470/09]

2. (1) Proceedings under the Data Protection Act, 1988 commenced before the Circuit Court but not completed on the date on which section 8 of the Data Protection Act 2018 came into operation may, subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act, 2018, be continued and determined as if these Rules had not come into operation.

(2) The notice of appeal shall contain the names and addresses of the appellant and of each respondent. The notice of appeal shall specify the relief sought, and the particular provision or provisions of the relevant enactment authorising the granting of such relief.

(3) Where the relevant enactment provides that the court may grant relief consequential upon or in addition to determining the appeal, the notice of appeal shall state concisely the consequential or additional relief sought.

(4) Subject to any provision to the contrary in the relevant enactment, the notice of appeal shall be issued—

(a) not later than 21 days following the giving by the relevant authority to the intending appellant of notice of the relevant authority’s decision, or

(b) within such further period as the court, on application made to it by the intending appellant, may allow where the court is satisfied that there is good and sufficient reason for extending that period and that the extension of the period would not result in an injustice being done to any other person concerned in the matter.

(5) Subject to any provision to the contrary in the relevant enactment, an application to the court referred to in paragraph (b) of sub-rule (4)

(a) shall, unless the court otherwise permits, be made by motion on notice to any person who the relevant enactment provides shall be a respondent to the appeal and to any other person who the court directs shall be given notice of such application, and

(b) may be made after the period of 21 days referred to in paragraph (a) of that sub-rule.

[SI 291/20; SI 470/09]

3. (1) The notice of appeal shall be grounded upon an affidavit sworn by or on behalf of the appellant which shall:

(a) contain a description of the appellant, including particulars sufficient to explain the standing of the appellant to appeal under the relevant provision of the enactment, and, where the deponent is not the appellant, the authority of the deponent to make the affidavit on behalf of the appellant;

(b) if the appellant is acting in any representative capacity, or relief is sought against any respondent in a representative capacity, state the capacity of the appellant or, as the case may be, the respondent;

(c) state the authority of the relevant authority to make the decision, determination or direction from which appeal is made;

(d) state the interest of any respondent and of any other person given notice of the appeal in the decision, determination or direction from which appeal is made;

(e) exhibit:

(i) a copy of any application made to the relevant authority;

(ii) the evidence and any other material adduced to the relevant authority, and copies of all relevant correspondence and documents passing between the appellant and the relevant authority;

(iii) any official record and, if relevant, any other record of the proceedings before the relevant authority;

(iv) a copy of the decision, determination or direction made or given (as the case may be) by the relevant authority;

(f) set out the facts or circumstances relevant to the making of the decision, determination or direction from which appeal is made (including any act or omission of the principal respondent complained of) which it is alleged support the granting of the appeal in respect of the decision, determination or direction or of any consequential or additional relief sought, and

(g) set out the basis of the deponent’s belief as to the existence of the facts or circumstances referred to in the preceding paragraph.

(2) Subject to any direction the court may give, copies of documentation exhibited in the grounding affidavit shall be incorporated in a single exhibit, in which event they shall be indexed and numbered sequentially in chronological order.

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4. (1) Save where otherwise provided by the relevant enactment, not less than 14 days’ notice of the appeal shall be given.

(2) Each respondent shall be served with the notice of appeal and copies of the grounding affidavit and any exhibits thereto.

(3) Copies of the notice of appeal, grounding affidavit and any exhibits thereto shall be delivered to the relevant authority (where the relevant enactment does not provide that the relevant authority shall be a respondent to the appeal).

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5. (1) Any respondent intending to oppose the appeal shall file in the office an affidavit setting out concisely the grounds for such opposition and verifying any facts relied on in opposing the appeal, in which event, a copy of such affidavit (and any exhibits) shall be served upon the appellant and upon every other respondent before the return date of the notice of appeal.

(2) The appellant shall be at liberty to file a further affidavit replying to any matter verified in an affidavit of a respondent, in which event a copy of such affidavit shall be served upon each respondent within seven days of the service upon him of the respondent’s affidavit.

(3) In any case where reference is made in an affidavit to a document exhibited previously in an affidavit of any party, the document concerned shall not be further exhibited, but shall be identified by the exhibit reference used in relation to that document in the previous affidavit.

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6. An affidavit giving the names and addresses of, and the places and dates of service on, all persons who have been served with, or to whom have been delivered, the notice of appeal, and copies of the grounding affidavit and exhibits (if any) shall be filed by the appellant before the appeal is heard. If any person who ought under this Order to have been served has not been so served, the affidavit shall state that fact and the reason for it.

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7. (1) On the return date of any notice of appeal pursuant to this Order (or on any adjournment of such hearing), the court shall give directions and make orders for the conduct of the proceedings as appear convenient for the determination of the proceedings in a manner which is just, expeditious and likely to minimise the costs of those proceedings, which may include:

(a) directions as to the service of notice of the appeal on any other person including mode of service and the time allowed for such service (and may for that purpose adjourn the hearing of the notice of motion or further hearing of same to a date specified);

(b) directions as to the filing and delivery of any further affidavits by any party or parties;

(c) directions as to the furnishing by the parties to the court and delivery of written submissions on any issue which arises as to the proper scope of the appeal or as to the matter which ought to be before the court on the hearing of the appeal, and directions as to the hearing and determination of any such issue;

(d) orders fixing time limits;

(e) a direction that the appeal be determined on oral evidence, where it appears to the court that the subject matter of the appeal is likely to involve a substantial dispute of fact or it is otherwise necessary or desirable in the interests of justice (and the court may for that purpose make such orders and give such directions in relation to the exchange of pleadings or points of appeal or reply between the parties);

(f) directions as to discovery;

(g) directions as to the furnishing by the parties to the court and delivery of written submissions;

(h) directions as to the exchange of memoranda between or among the parties for the purpose of the agreeing by the parties or the fixing by the court of any issues of fact or law to be determined in the proceedings on the appeal, or orders fixing such issues.

(2) On the return date of any notice of appeal pursuant to this Order (or on any adjournment from such date), the court may, where it appears just and proper, make orders for relief of an interlocutory nature, whether in the nature of an injunction or otherwise.

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8. Save where the court otherwise directs, any evidence in proceedings to which this Order relates shall be given on affidavit.

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