The Court Service

The Judiciary and the Courts Service are working together during this difficult period, to ensure services to the public continue to be provided in so far as possible. Your health and safety is a key priority during this period.

The Courts are still dealing with urgent cases involving domestic violence. Domestic violence applications will continue to be given priority, so if you need a protection or interim barring order you can still come to court.

While asking for help for a domestic abuse situation can be difficult, Courts Service staff know what to do. All you need to say is ‘I need to apply for a domestic violence order’. Courts Service staff are fully trained and can guide you through the process.

The Courts Service has also made arrangements to deal with matters remotely for parties to court proceedings who have underlying health conditions.  Parties or their legal advisors are asked to contact the relevant court office in advance of the case being listed in court to ensure arrangements run smoothly.

If you have a solicitor representing you please contact them to discuss your situation. A list of solicitors is available at

More information on applications for protection orders and barring orders and the Courts Process is available at

“The Courts Service is continuing to give priority to domestic violence and arrangements have been made to ensure that every District nationwide is available for urgent applications.  We know it can be difficult to ask for help, but Courts Service staff are familiar with these applications and can help you with the process”.

Courts Service

Legal Aid

If you need to speak to someone about protection from an abusive spouse, partner or other family member, you can contact the Legal Aid Board.

If you live in Dublin you should call 01 675 5566. This is an emergency number for Domestic Violence applications in Dublin and there are staff on standby to assist you. If you live outside Dublin you should contact your local Legal Aid Board law centre. A list of law centres are available on

Legal Aid Board law centres are open Monday to Friday from:

  • 10.00am – 12.30pm and
  • 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Legal Aid Board staff can also provide you with information on how to apply for legal and mediation services, the financial eligibility criteria, the merits criteria, what mediation is, and how it works.

Additional resources

For further information on Legal Aid Board services, please visit

For information on Legal Aid Board services during COVID-19, please click here.

 “The Legal Aid Board recognises that in the current climate some legal services may be more difficult to access. We are committed to ensuring that every eligible person who needs our services in relation to a domestic violence remedy will be assigned a solicitor to advise and represent them
very promptly.”

John McDaid, Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Board