An outline of the courts and the offices that support them.
The Children Court deals with children under 18 years of age and came into operation in 2002. The Children Act 2001 sets out the various rules regarding 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.
The composition and jurisdiction of the Special Criminal Court in Ireland is described.
The main function of the Court of Appeal is to hear appeals from the High Court and the Circuit Court.
The Court of Criminal Appeal was abolished. Criminal appeals are heard by the Court of Appeal.
The Irish Constitution makes provision for a Court of Final Appeal - the Supreme Court.