eLicensing facilitates the processing of licensing applications online for legal firms
Online Services - eLicensing - Introduction - H Desc
From March 1st, 2020, CSOL will be the primary channel for the collection of licensing Court Orders nationwide, therefore registration on CSOL ahead of this date is necessary to enable all legal firms to collect their licensing Court Orders from CSOL.
Communications to all counties is being circulated with additional information.
The Courts Service online pilot of eLicensing is currently available to legal firms who have licensing applications for premises within District Numbers 1, 2 and 6 (counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Louth). Legal firms in these counties are able to lodge, pay and track applications for licensing online and collect their licensing Court Orders, once their user account has been activated, on CSOL.
Please see Licences on CSOL Online Applications which will guide you to what applications are available on CSOL. Please select only these application types despite the additional options available.
Please see list of licensing applications which must be submitted manually to court offices as they are not part of the online pilot.
The Courts Service will be launching eLicensing across all remaining counties in mid-2020, from which point all legal firms nationwide will be able to avail of all eLicensing online services. Further communications will be circulated to all relevant counties as eLicensing is rolled-out.
A comprehensive overview of the eLicensing system is portrayed below including a series of instructional videos.
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The process will yield significant benefits immediately for practitioners participating in the online pilot, and further to all practitioners when it is fully implemented in mid-2020;
- Complete the entire licensing application process online
- Reduce / eliminate attendance in Court offices in relation to licensing
- Remotely access all your licensing applications
- eService on and advance knowledge of notice party intentions
- Court Orders available electronically through the system
- Secure online payments supported by internal authorisation processes
- Online eRegisters
- Cost and time savings for solicitor offices
- Case information available throughout the system
In order to lodge a licensing application online, legal firms must register their firm once on the Courts Service Online (CSOL), and in turn can create additional users for their firm with varying levels of access.
From March 1st, 2020, CSOL will be the primary distribution channel for all licensing court orders, and therefore your registration on CSOL ahead of this date is required to collect your licensing court orders.
Click here for the instructional video on the legal firm registration process. The registration process is a simple three-step process:
Step 1 – www.csol.ie
- Create an account for your firm using the website www.csol.ie.
- Click on the ‘I’m new to CSOL’ button, or the ‘Create Account’ option at the top of the screen.
Please note that the Google Chrome web browser must be used to access CSOL, and a non-generic email password must be used when registering for a user account.
Step 2 – Manual documentation for registration
- The firm / office administrator downloads and prints the relevant documentation provided on CSOL during registration, and signs and returns this documentation to;
Central Application Support Unit,
Circuit and District Court Operations
Step 3 – Activate Firm / Office Account
- When the manual documentation is received by the Courts Service, an email with an activation link will issue to the email address provided.
- The administrator in the firm/office follows the instructions in the email, clicks the link provided and activates their firm/office account on CSOL.
- The administrator will have full access and responsibility on CSOL to create and manage additional user accounts for their particular firm.
View the necessary instructional videos below which must be viewed prior to registering for or using CSOL:
Support & FAQs
Support for registration or for general use of CSOL is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the eLicensing Pilot - Frequently Asked Questions
Points to Note
- When registering for a Legal Practice Admin user account, you must only use an individuals email address eg email@example.com
- Once off process per firm – your firm is removed from drop-down list once registration has commenced
- Legal firm must create Legal Practice Admin user account on CSOL to set up your legal firm's account who can then create all other CSOL user accounts for their legal firm