Going to Court: the reality.

Going to court – the very thought of it conjures up nerves for many people. From watching court on our TV screens and cinemas, we think we have a real picture of what goes on there every day.

We’re glad to report that most personal injury claims are settled without setting foot inside a court. But if it turns out that court is the preferred option, we can assure you there is nothing to be concerned about and we’ll be at your side from day one. How does it work?

Which Court?

First of all, it depends where your case is being heard. In Circuit Court cases, your case will be presented in Court by your Barrister. In High Court cases, you will be represented by a Senior Counsel as well as a Barrister (Junior Counsel). A pre-trial consultation takes place with your Counsel either on the day of the trial or within a day or two previously. It’s important to remember that first impressions are important in every walk of life and the courts are no different. You should dress in an appropriate manner for your court appearances.

Where do I get a barrister?

At Gary Matthews Solicitors, we’ll source only the best people to work with and our experienced Barrister will lead you through your evidence. Make sure that you answer all questions as best you can. Try to avoid giving hasty or confused replies. If you are not sure of the answer of any question, you should say so. After the examination by your own Barrister, the Defendant’s Barrister will cross-examine, in an attempt to illicit details from you which may be favourable to the Defendant’s case. You should also expect some questions from the judge but sometimes this may not be the case.

What happens after my court date?

Once your evidence is completed, the evidence of any other witnesses is taken in the same way. In regard to medical evidence, medical practitioners may be in attendance in Court but more usually, their evidence is admitted in the form of medical reports handed into the Judge. When all the witnesses have been heard, and Counsel has made any relevant points to the Court, the Judge usually makes his/her decision there and then, or s/he may adjourn for a short time for consideration or, on occasions, postpone his/her judgement to another day. The judge delivers a decision on liability, and if deciding in favour of the Plaintiff, will make an award of damages as compensation.

Like any working environment, certain procedures and protocol must follow and it’s important that you have an understanding of these. This means there’ll be no surprises for you on the day. We have over 20 years’ experience in personal injury law and if you do go to court, you’ll be in safe hands with Gary Matthews Solicitors.

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Our 2016 Charity of the Year

Our Charity of the YeaWRW49bu2_400x400r: The Dublin Simon Community

As of March 2016 there is over 3,000 people in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath who are homeless or at risk. The Dublin Simon Community works to prevent and address homelessness. They provide services at all stages of homelessness and enable people to move to a place they can call home.

Homelessness is devastating, leaving people vulnerable and isolated. We at Gary Matthews Solicitors believe everyone deserves a place to call home and the chance to live a fulfilled and active life. The Dublin Simon Community helps people rebuild their lives through housing, health, education and employment services.


We will be taking part in a range of fundraising events in the upcoming months, keep an eye out on our Facebook page for events.

To learn more or donate to the Simon Community you can visit http://www.dubsimon.ie/ 

Welcome to our new website.

Introducing our new website.

We at Gary Matthews Solicitors strive to offer you the best in customer service and legal advice. As part of the service we provide we want to make the legal process easy to understand and simple to deal with so you can be sure you have a complete understanding and knowledge of your case.

As part of this process we are very excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website with new features including our Claim Now Form & Claims Estimator which will give you a guide on how much your claim could be worth.

Our main aim with this new website was to create content to help you understand the Claims Process and how we can assist you. It can be a complicated process, as experts in personal injury claims we have broken down the various parts of the process for you including why your Injuries Board Assessment could be inaccurate!

We have been working on a range of new cases this month, being involved in an accident can be a stressful experience. If you think you have a claim contact us today for Legal Advice – our team have over 25 years experience.

We hope you find our new website informative and easy to navigate, we welcome your feedback! Do you have feedback or questions about our new site? Email us now!

If you know someone who may wish to discuss a matter, forward this Newsletter to them or ask them to contact us directly on 01 9036250.


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