When a judge(s) of the Court of Appeal has made an order in your case, the order is prepared and signed (‘perfected’) by a court registrar.

1. Obtaining a copy of an order

Court of Appeal orders are available to parties or solicitors in both plain copies and attested (signed and certified) copies.  For the majority of purposes, plain copies are acceptable.  However, an attested copy is required for some purposes (such as appealing a Court of Appeal order).  You must pay court stamp duty – currently €15.00 – for an attested copy of an order.

You can request a copy of an order if you are representing yourself.  If you are represented by a solicitor, your solicitor must make the request.  Email: courtofappealcivilorders@courts.ie

The email must include the Court of Appeal record number, the title of the case, the date of the order and (in the case of solicitors) the party you represent.  Plain copy orders will be returned by email at no charge.  Attested copy orders must be collected in person from the Court of Appeal Office – if you are representing yourself you will be asked for photographic identification.

You can check High Court Search to see if your order has been signed.

2. Contacting a registrar

Send an email to courtofappealcivil@courts.ie to contact a registrar.  Please indicate that the email is for the attention of the particular registrar in the subject line.  You should include the Court of Appeal record number, title of the case, date of the order and the party you represent.

3. Requesting a copy of a document from the court file

As with copy orders, you can request a copy document from the court file.  You can request a copy if you are representing yourself.  If you are represented by a solicitor, your solicitor must make the request.  Email: courtofappealcivil@courts.ie

You must pay court stamp duty – currently 15.00 – on each copy of a document.  You must call to the Court of Appeal Office to collect your document(s) and pay the stamp duty.  It can take two to three working days to make copy documents available.

4.  Written judgments

A written judgment, which usually concludes a case, sets out the reasons for a decision delivered by the court.  More usually, an ex-tempore unwritten judgment is delivered.

Court of Appeal written judgments are available on this website and can be downloaded free of charge.

Attested copies of written judgments may be requested by email and collected in the Court of Appeal Office on payment of the relevant court stamp duty. Email courtofappealcivil@courts.ie.  You should include the Court of Appeal record number, the title of the case and the date of the judgment.

The court stamp duty payable for an attested copy of a judgment is currently €14.00 plus €1.00 for every four pages.  The office will tell you how much is payable when they receive your request.

5. Appealing a Court of Appeal order

A Court of Appeal order may be appealed to the Supreme Court within 21 days from the date of signing (perfection) of the order.