New rules relating to the service of proceedings have been introduced.

The new rules provide that the parties to proceedings may consent to the receipt of documents by email. Under the revised rules, proceedings may also be served by registered post, as an alternative to personal service.

These changes have been introduced by the Rules of the Superior Courts (Service) 2017 (SI No. 475 of 2017) (available here). This statutory instrument sets out revised forms for the documents used to initiate proceedings.

These are important changes both for legal practitioners and for individuals acting on their own behalf.

The new rules will come into effect on 27 November 2017.