When the Court of Appeal has made an order in your case, the order is prepared and signed (‘perfected’) by a court registrar. No order is drawn in relation to directions given at the Directions List and if you are not sure of the directions given the court office will be able to help from the note on the court file.
1. Obtaining a copy of an order
Court of Appeal orders are available to parties (if the are not legally represented) or solicitors on record in the appeal. Plain copies will be emailed on request. For the majority of purposes, plain copies are acceptable. However, an attested copy (certified by the court office to be a true copy of the original) 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 unless the proceedings are exempt from fees.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 perfected.
2. Contacting a registrar
Send an email to email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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
An application may be made to the Supreme Court (within 21 days of the perfection of the order) for leave to appeal an order of the Court of Appeal.