Civil Procedure in the Circuit Court, 2nd Edition by Karl Dowling and Karen McDowell

Author: Karl Dowling
Author: Karen McDonnell
Publisher: Round Hall
Publication Date: 11/12/2013
ISBN: 9781858007182
Jurisdiction: Ireland

Amid the hustle and bustle of the Circuit Court you need to make sure you know the correct practice and procedure at any given moment. This brand new edition of Civil Procedure in the Circuit Court provides the practitioner with a comprehensive and definitive analysis of civil practice and procedure in this Court. It is an extensive commentary of the Circuit Court Rules, referring to reported and unreported decisions of the courts, legislation and practice directions.

Key Features:

  • An easy-to-understand reference that provides you with invaluable analysis and interpretation
  • Up to date and including all important case law and legislation.
  • A step-by-step guide to civil practice in the Circuit Court.
  • Gives you an extensive analysis of the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court.
  • Helps you fully understand the role of the County Registrar.
  • Includes in-depth analysis of the day-to-day activities dealt with by the Circuit Court, including; Intoxicating Liquor Licenses, Probate Actions, Landlord & Tenant, Planning, Employment and Family Law Proceedings.
  • Saves you time as for the first time you have concise interpretation of the Rules applicable in the Circuit Court.
  • Gives you confidence in Court as you can be sure of the exact practice and procedure.
  • Helps you avoid making mistakes that can be costly and time-wasting.
  • Frees up your time so that you can spend more time with your client and on the critical facts of the case.
  • Handy format that is ideal to bring to Court with you, making sure you always have the civil practice and procedure information at your fingertips.

About the Authors


Karl Dowling

Junior Counsel with a specialist practice in Chancery, Wills, Succession Law, Probate Litigation, Trusts, Charities and Cross-Border Estates. Has advised the Attorney General's Office on issues of Charities, Trusts, Estates, State Property and Legislation, including the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Health (Amendment) Bill 2013.

Committee member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Ireland and coordinator of the Law Society's Certificate & Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning. Widely lectured on various probate issues to the Law Society, STEP Annual Conference 2014, Central Law Training and a number of Solicitors' Bar Associations.

Written extensively for Thomson Reuters and is the author of the Irish Probate Practitioners' Handbook, Succession Law Nutshell, Probate Pocketbook, Civil Procedure in the Circuit Court, Civil Procedure in the District Court and is the Editor of the Probate Law Journal.

Prior to being called to the Irish Bar in 2006, and having studied at the King's Inns, was head of Chancery in Pearts Solicitors with responsibility for managing applications to the Probate Office. Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2014 and is a member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple.

Karen McDonnell

Karen McDonnell is the Manager of Pearts Solicitors and Town Agents who have been in existence since 1883 providing legal services to hundreds of Solicitor Firms nationwide. She began working in Pearts Solicitors in 1984 and was appointed Manager of the firm in 1998. Having spent 31 years supporting and advising the legal industry she is an expert in all areas of Court practice and procedure. Throughout her years in Pearts she has headed various departments within the Company including The Probate Department, The Litigation Department, The Supreme Court Department and The Insolvency Department. For the past 20 years she has specialized in Court Liquidations, Mortgage Proceeding and Bankruptcy. Since the enactment of the Court of Appeal Act in October 2014 Karen has devoted much of her time to fine-tuning new practices and procedures to ensure that Pearts clients are kept completely up to date in relation to this new area of the Courts.

Karen has been an active member of the Court Services Insolvency and Supreme and High Court User Groups since their commencement in January 2004. These User Groups are customer focused giving Karen the unique opportunity on behalf of hundreds of firms of solicitors to directly raise with the Heads of Offices of the Court Services and the Director of Supreme and High Court Operations any practical or procedural issues that may arise. In 2011 she was appointed a Commissioner for Oaths by the Chief Justice. Because of her insight into Court practice and procedure in 2011 the Chairman of the Litigation Committee invited Karen to sit as a member of the Law Society's Litigation Committee and since then she has continued to actively serve on this Committee.