How to Apply

Step 5
Attend Court Hearing

The appellant and respondent(s) should attend the court venue on the date provided by the court office.

If your appeal is to be heard outside of Dublin, you may have to attend a County Registrar's court before the full hearing of the appeal. At this court, the County Registrar will decide the date and venue where your appeal will be heard in the High Court.

The High Court Appeal hearing will be an in camera hearing which means it will be held in private.

  • If the appellant fails to attend court, the appeal may be struck out by the judge. This means that the appeal will not go ahead and the order of the Circuit Court will remain in place.
  • If a respondent fails to attend court, an order may be made in their absence.
  • If the case is heard, the appellant and respondent(s) will be required to present their cases. You might want to seek legal advice. If you do not have a solicitor, you will be required to know the court process.

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