Received summons for District Court

Hello everyone,

First time posting on here, and just looking for some up to date advice on what to do when a summons is received.

The summons is in my name, and was at the house i'm renting a room in. I'm assuming it was just left in the letter box, and my flatmate put it under my bedroom door. Not sure if he accepted it in person, and i'll check that as soon as possible.

The summons seems in order, I've checked what needs to be included on it to be valid, so I just want to find out if I'm better to just not turn up for the summons date, and say I didn't receive it if it comes to that, maybe leading to an adjournment.

 It is for a minor incident that I refused to pay for a service I wasn't happy with, and got arrested. I feel I was in the right, that's why I continued to refuse to pay to the point I got arrested.

Didn't think it would come to that, but it did.

Anyways, anybody got any advice or experience with this kind of thing?

What's the story with turning up to the court and stickin' it to the fear? 

Slán go fóill


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Comment by Darz on July 25, 2016 at 12:13

Thanks Spirality, That's helpful, cheerz

Comment by Spirality on July 22, 2016 at 2:54

By the way, you should not consider anyone's comments or ideas as "advice", or ask for advice.

Its all research in the end, and I would guess that none of us are experts.

Comment by Spirality on July 22, 2016 at 2:44

Refusing to pay for a service sounds like a civil (commercial) mater, but find out, and also find out if the case is civil or criminal. 

You never know how things might go, if the service was really bad the Judge might take your side, but you should bring your evidence to court if your going.

On stickin' it to the man(agement), I don't see why someone would want to rush into something like that. If you go into a Lion's house and pull its mane, your going to get mauled and eaten. You should pick your battles in my opinion.

Comment by j on July 20, 2016 at 17:01

in my opinion, if requesting a Gary Doyle order when at court, you have to ensure the judge hears you, sometimes the judge pretends not to hear you, also if you are asked are you the " defendant ", say you are the respondent , you are not a defendant until there is case to prove

Comment by Darz on July 19, 2016 at 0:41

Ok, thanks a lot Diane, I'll look up your suggestions.

Comment by Diane, Denizen on July 19, 2016 at 0:14

Suggest you look up the guys in the Common Law Society, they have many youtube vids on court appearances. From my limited knowledge, do not enter a plea and make sure you get full disclosure from the other side (Gary Doyle order) Hope this helps.

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