In advance of attending a matter in Court, it is always advisable to seek legal advice or better still to be represented by a solicitor at the hearing. However, everyone is entitled to represent themselves in court and someone without legal representation is referred to as a lay litigant. A lay litigant can present his/her case before the judge and/or respond to any application or summons issued against them. Equally a lay litigant can negotiate a settlement directly with the legal representatives of the other party.
Legal Aid Board
- Address: Legal Aid Board, Quay Street, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.
- Also 33 full time offices nationwide – other part-time offices
- Tel: (066) 947 1000 Lo-call No: 1890 615 200 Fax: (066) 947 1035
- Website: http://www.legalaidboard.ie
Free Legal Advice Centre
- Address: Free Legal Advice Centre, 13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
- Legal information lines: Lo-Call: 1890 350 250 / +353 1 874 5690
- Website: http://www.flac.ie/
Family Mediation Service
- Address: Family Mediation Service, 1st Floor, St. Stephen’s Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.
- Tel:+353 (0)1 6344320 Fax:+353 (0)1 6622339
- Website: http://www.legalaidboard.ie/lab/publishing.nsf/Content/Family_Mediation_Service
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: Drop in 260 locations nationwide
- Tel: 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).
- Website: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/
The Courts Service
- Address: 15 – 24 Phoenix Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7
- Tel: 01 1 888 6000 (main switchboard)
- Website: http://www.courts.ie