Civil court

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The civil court deals with civil cases that involve more than €25,000 and cases where the amount of money is not specified. This can happen if the people involved dispute whether there is an agreement between them, or if one person wants the other person to do something or stop doing something. The civil court also deals with things like divorce, alimony, adoption and children’s guardians.

Taking a case to the civil court



I want to bring a case

You have a conflict and you want a judge to settle that conflict

I am an opposing party in a case

Someone has brought a case against you. This means that you are the opposing party.

I am involved in a case

You can be involved in a case for different reasons, for example if you are a witness or if you are affected by the case.



Procedures at the civil court

The civil court deals with different kinds of procedures: the summons procedure (or ‘action by claim’) and the petition procedure and urgent procedure (‘preliminary relief proceedings’).



Costs of bringing a case

A case at a civil court can involve several different costs. You pay for a lawyer, and you pay ‘court fees’ so that the judge will hear the case. You may also have to pay for a tax adviser or an interpreter if you want one.



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