Originally Posted by Milk & Honey
Summons must be applied for within 6 months of the offence. It may be issued after the six months. It may be served months after it is issued. I have seen summons served 10 months after the offence. It frequently happens that the first day in court is nearly a year after the offence.
The most likely scenario is that the summons will be posted and if there is no appearance the matter will go ahead in the absence of the accused.
I think service of criminal summons is by way of personal service. I do not think postage of a summons in such case is valid summons.
"3. (1) In proceedings by way of summons in which the prosecutor is the Director of Public Prosecutions or an officer or member of the Garda Síochána, a Minister of the Government or a Minister of State or an officer of either such Minister, or an officer of the Revenue Commissioners, a document shall be served by a member of the Garda Síochána, or by any other person or any other means authorised by statute or rules of Court."
"5. Save where otherwise provided by statute or by Rules of Court, service of a document shall be effected upon a person in the State by delivering to that person a copy thereof or by leaving the copy for that person at his or her last or most usual place of abode, or at his or her office, shop, factory, home or place of business with that person's husband or wife, as the case may be or with a child or other relative (apparently residing with that person) of that person or of his wife or her husband as the case may be, or with any agent, clerk, servant or employee of that person, or with the person in charge of the house or premises wherein that person usually resides, provided that the person (other than the person upon whom service is to be effected) with whom the copy is left is not under the age of sixteen years and is not the person instituting the proceedings."