1995 as a result of a push from Victim Support and a substantial shove
from the Bar Council an information desk was opened by the Department
of Justice, Equality and Law Reform just off the rotunda in the Four
Courts. It was belated recognition of the geographical complexity of
our Courts, a userís reference point if you like (which includes the
odd practitioner), for the surrounding terrain. A modest initiative
that has, I believe, been of some help to the disorganised litigant.
High Court, A Userís Guide is a much more ambitious project. A
guide to the Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Himalayan heights
of the High Court in one slim volume is a daring, or as some might
see it perhaps, a foolhardy adventure.
the less I believe that the book is an invaluable aid to the litigious
minded lay person, not least because it will warn him or her of the
complexities and dangerous salients on the climb. It is useful also
for the practitioner, bearing in mind that in order to survive the
climb, a copy of the Rules of the Superior Courts must be included
in the survival kit. Indeed this condition is explicit in the text,
as all directions and advices are carefully underpinned by the relevant
Order and Rule and current case law where appropriate. For the student
it is required reading as he or she begins exploring the foothills.
first seven chapters deal with such mundane matters as Summonses,
Court Lists and Services. While these may be considered basic matters
for many practitioners, getting the basics right is an essential requirement
in Rules and Procedure in the High Court. In this regard the book
is very informative, detailed, practical and helpful.
remaining seven chapters are concerned with the more technical areas;
including Judicial Review, Judgement Mortgages, Bankruptcy and Appeals
to the Supreme Court. Here the author skilfully outlines the contours
and allows for further reconnaissance.
authorís journalistic skills are evident throughout the book. It is
written in the easy effortless style of the good craftsman, the text
at all times carefully woven to give a clear view of the subject matter
to the reader.
highly recommend this very readable book for anybody involved in High
Court litigation' Donal Egan, Victim Support.
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