RDJ Insurance Claims Management Webinar

Effective Hearings on Remote and Hybrid Platforms:
How to procure the right type of remote hearing for the right type of case

Remote hearings gained a firm foot hold during the pandemic and will remain a feature of the Irish legal landscape after Covid abates. Initially rolled out for appeals, affidavit cases and case management business, remote hearings are now finding their place in witness actions.  This progression, directed by the Courts Service with the support of the judiciary, nonetheless raises issues for both the Courts and the parties with the Chief Justice acknowledging that remote hearings are "less effective" than their in-person counterparts.

In this webinar Úna Tighe SC and Tricia Sheehy Skeffington BL discuss which cases are suitable for remote hearings, how hybrid hearings may mitigate certain disadvantages of virtual hearings, and why certain cases cannot be properly heard remotely.  This discussion feeds into a practical exposition of how to apply for (or resist an application for) a remote hearing. 

Areas covered in this discussion will include:

  • Applications for remote hearings under section 11(2) of the Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act
  • The implications of IBRC v Browne [2021] IEHC 83 on the test of whether a remote hearing is unfair or contrary to the interests of justice
  • The impact of Practice Direction HC 104 on applications for personal injuries actions to be heard on a remote platform
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of remote hearings identifying how to mitigate disadvantages, where possible
  • Case studies highlighting logistical and strategic issues arising in the conduct of remote hearings. 

CPD Points

1 CPD point will be available for the event.


Friday, 2 July 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Webex presentation

Access information emailed upon registration



  • Úna Tighe  | Senior Counsel 

    Úna is a senior counsel at the Bar of Ireland specialising in commercial disputes in Court proceedings and before quasi-judicial decision-making bodies, in particular, the Tax Appeals Commission.  Her experience includes appearances before the Court of Justice of the European Union. A member of Arbitration Ireland, Úna frequently acts in arbitrations and she also has extensive experience of mediation. Úna is a member of The Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal.
  • Tricia Sheehy Skeffington | Barrister

    Tricia is a barrister with a broad civil practice spanning intellectual property, employment, defamation, landlord and tenant, housing and regulatory/administrative law. She has a particular interest in administrative decision-making processes - she is a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and the Mental Health Tribunal. Her book, The Law and Craft of Quasi-Judicial Decision-Making in Ireland is due for publication by Clarus Press later this year.