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Probate business in Northern Ireland is assigned to the Chancery Office within the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. About 6,000 probate applications each year are processed through two registry locations –

  • the Principal Registry in Belfast - which can deal with probate of the estate of any deceased person; and
  • the District Registry in Londonderry - which can deal with probate of the estates of deceased people who lived in County Fermanagh, Londonderry or Tyrone.
This page provides links to some of the key information sources needed during the preparation of documents for probate business.



Probate Business Categories

Important Changes

Non-Contentious Probate Rules - Order 97

Contentious Probate Rules - Order 76

Practice Directions and Practice Guidance Notes

Probate Textbooks

  • “Probate Practice Notes” by Margaret Aiken - published 1981(out of print)
  • “Succession Law in Northern Ireland” by Sheena Grattan - published 1996
  • “Tristram & Coote’s Probate Practice” by J Winegarten, R D’Costa & T Synak - 30th edition published 2008

Probate Fees

Personal Applications

HM Revenue and Customs IHT Forms

Probate and IHT Helpline - 0300 123 1072

Probate and IHT Webpage -
HMRC IHT Postal Address - HMRC IHT, Ferrers House, PO Box 38, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham NG2 1BB

HMRC IHT DX Address - DX 701201 Nottingham 4

Probate Searches

Useful Forms

Probate in other Jurisdictions

Court of Judicature Daily Law List

Court of Judicature Daily Law List is updated on weekdays around 4:30 pm and gives the details of the listings in the Royal Courts of Justice for the next day. This link will take you to the Court of Judicature Listings page.

Probate Registry Locations

Belfast (Principal Registry)

Probate Office, 2nd Floor, Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street, Belfast
For further information & map of the Royal Courts of Justice please use this link

Londonderry (District Registry)

The Courthouse, Bishop Street, Londonderry
For further information & map of Londonderry Courthouse please use this link

How to Contact the Probate Office

Tel: Belfast - 028 9072 4678  Londonderry - 028 7126 1832
Fax: Belfast - 028 9023 5186
DX: Probate Office, DX 456 NR, Belfast