A High Court judge has said that the situation students like Rebecca Carter, who took a legal action after her Leaving Cert exam points were wrongly totted up, find themselves in "cannot be repeated".

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said that the current system where Leaving Cert exams are reviewed by the State Examination Commission is "highly unfair" and has caused "untold stress" to Ms Carter, and others who go through the appeal system.

Earlier this week Ms Carter started her chosen course in veterinary medicine at UCD.

The Judge said in order to avoid a repeat of similar problems in the future "an intensified process of co-ordination, in which central government could place a facilitative role might assist."

The judge added that people should not think that Ms Carter's case had an entirely "Hollywood ending".  She had lost the initial crucial first few weeks of her course.

She had missed out not just because of a mistake in the SEC's process, but because the error correction fails to restore Ms Carter's entitlement to take up a place in time for the start of the course.

A system that does not allow applicants to take up their courses until one and a half months after the start of the academic year is, "manifestly not fit for purpose," the judge said.

The judge added that in fairness to the SEC, not all the problems caused by the tight timeframes and lack of co-ordination by various independent agencies in the education sphere are entirely the fault of any one actor.

The judge's remarks were contained in his full written judgment in a case brought by Ms Carter, 18, of Ardcolm Drive, Rectory Hall, Castlebridge, Wexford, had sued the SEC challenging its decision not to re-check her points score in time to allow her to obtain a place in veterinary medicine.

Late last month Mr Justice Humphreys ruled that the Commission, which opposed the application, must rectify an error in the totting up of Ms Carter's Leaving Certificate marks before UCD closed its admissions for 2018.

The judge said that had her points been correctly added up she would have achieved an extremely high mark that would easily have qualified her for a place at the UCD course.