To get a date for hearing, cases commenced by plenary summons or adjourned for plenary hearing (other than probate and admiralty actions) must be set down for trial.

To set a case down for trial you must draft and serve a notice of trial and then file a copy together with a setting down docket at the High Court Central Office.  The court rules in relation to trials are in Order 36 of the Rules of the Superior Courts.

You must stamp the setting down docket with the appropriate court stamp duty **insert – currently €250.00.

In chancery and non-jury cases, in addition to the notice of trial and setting down docket you must file a certificate of readiness – this is a certificate signed by counsel confirming that your case is ready for hearing.  The certificate, which is filed after the notice of trial and setting down docket, does not require court stamp duty.