Courts system

An outline of the courts and the offices that support them.

Children Court
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.

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

Small claims procedure
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.

European small claims procedure
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.

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

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

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

Special Criminal Court
The composition and jurisdiction of the Special Criminal Court in Ireland is described.

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

Court of Criminal Appeal
The Court of Criminal Appeal was abolished. Criminal appeals are heard by the Court of Appeal.

Supreme Court of Ireland
The Irish Constitution makes provision for a Court of Final Appeal - the Supreme Court.