Courts system


    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.