Guidelines for issuing a High Court summary summons
This check-list covers procedural points only – exceptional cases will require further consideration.
It sets out the minimum requirements contained in the Rules of the Superior Courts (S.I. No. 15 of 1986).
Details of court fees are set out in the Supreme Court and High Court Fees Order.
If you are a defendant and you are served with a document which is not in accordance with the Rules, the onus is on you to take appropriate action.
1. High Court summonses are issued in the Central Office of the High Court, Four Courts, Dublin 7.
You can issue the summons by posting your forms, stamped with the required court fee, to the Central Office of the High Court at the above address or by attending in person at the office.
2. A summary summons must be in the form set out in Appendix A, Form 2 of the Rules of the Superior Courts.
3. The court fee, prescribed in the Supreme Court and High Court Fees Order must be paid on every summons.
Cheques and cash will not be accepted under any circumstances by the Central Office of the High Court.
4. You must print and send at least two copies of your summons to the Central Office of the High Court. That office will retain one copy for the court file and will return the other to you with the High Court seal embossed on it. This sealed version is known as the original and you should retain it carefully.
1. Set out the title of the action that is the name(s) of the plaintiff(s) and of the defendant(s).
2. Do not insert the date of issue (after the name of the Chief Justice of Ireland) – the Central Office of the High Court will insert it for you.
1. This page is to be headed ‘Special Indorsement of Claim’ and you are required to insert detailed particulars of your claim here. Orders 2 and 4 of the Rules of the Superior Courts must be complied with.
2. After the indorsement of claim the summons should be signed on behalf of the plaintiff’s solicitors or by the plaintiff in person if self represented.
1. If the claim is for a liquidated sum only, insert the indorsement for costs prescribed by Order 4 Rule 5 of the Rules of the Superior Courts as follows:
‘And € … for costs, and upon payment of € (amount of debt) for demand and €… for costs within six days after service further proceedings will be stayed’
It is €195 (being €70 plus court fee – presently €125 – on summary summons) plus €7 for each additional defendant
1. Insert the following information:
‘This summons was issued by [firm of solicitors] whose registered place of business is [insert address of solicitor firm] solicitors for the plaintiff who resides at [insert plaintiff’s address] and is [insert plaintiff’s occupation]’
‘this summons is issued by the plaintiff in person who resides at [insert plaintiff’s address] and is [insert plaintiff’s occupation]’
1. Insert the indorsement of service as follows
This summons was served by me on the defendant at (insert place of service) on the (insert date) day of (insert month and year)
Indorsed the (insert date) day of (insert month and year)
Signed: (person who served summons signs here)
Address (insert address of the person who served summons)
Solicitor’s name and address (this is the back page of the document).