Courts system

  • Overview

    An outline of the courts and the offices that support them.
  • The Children Court deals with criminal charges involving children under 18. It came into operation under the Children Act 2001, which sets out the rules for the Children Court.

  • The District Court is organised on a regional basis and is the lowest court in the Irish court system.

  • The small claims procedure provides an inexpensive, fast and easy way for consumers to resolve disputes without a solicitor. Find out how the procedure operates.

  • The European Small Claims Procedure provides an inexpensive and easy way for someone to pursue a cross-border claim without the need to employ a solicitor.

  • The Circuit Court is a court of local and limited jurisdiction. Ireland is divided into 8 circuits for the purpose of this Court.

  • The High Court has jurisdiction in criminal and civil cases. Find out where, and how matters are heard in this court.

  • The Commercial Court provides efficient dispute resolution in commercial cases.

  • What is the Special Criminal Court and what type of cases can it hear.

  • The main function of the Court of Appeal is to hear appeals from the High Court and the Circuit Court.

  • The Supreme Court is the Court of Final Appeal in Ireland.

  • Information about the functions of the Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicators. This used to be called the Office of the Taxing Master.

  • Information about the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA), the State body responsible for the regulation of legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) in Ireland.