Yes. It is possible to initiate certain proceedings i.e. those involving Small Claims via the Internet.
Claimants pursuing a Small Claim (i.e. certain claims to a maximum value of €2,000) can opt to process their claim electronically. The Small Claims procedure is an alternative method of commencing and dealing with a civil proceeding in respect of a small claim. It is a service provided by District Court offices and is designed to handle consumer claims cheaply without involving a solicitor.
The facility is available at all times.
No. The only provision is that details of the claim should not exceed 1,500 words.
The information is kept secure through the use of firewalls, SSL (Secure Socket Layer) for communications, an Intrusion Detection System at the hosting site and user account security etc
Court Fees for a Small Claim are paid by credit or debit card and the fee (€25 in 2012) is the same for both electronic and non-electronic Small Claim proceedings.
Yes. If the claim has not yet been listed for court, a claim may be withdrawn by emailing the Small Claims Registrar requesting withdrawal of the claim.
Yes it is possible for the defendant to respond using the Internet.
The Small Claims Registrar must use his or her best endeavours to settle the claim before it is listed for hearing before the Judge
The claim is treated as undisputed and the claimant may apply for a judgment in default of appearance
No. It is not possible to submit documents to a court electronically.
Parties to a claim can track the status of their own claim on-line.
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