A new Criminal Courts Complex for
A new complex designed to concentrate all criminal business for the
Dublin city area in one serviced location - known as the Criminal Courts
of Justice - commenced operation in November 2009. The complex,
extending to 25,000 sq. meters, will accommodate the District Court and
Circuit Court criminal sittings and the Central Criminal Court, Special
Criminal Court and Court of Criminal Appeal. It will also house the
first Combined Court Office - a new single multi-jurisdictional court
office model, providing support for the courts aforementioned (more).
Extension of case progression regime in Circuit Court
Amendments to the procedural rules of the Circuit Court – the
intermediate level first instance jurisdiction in Ireland – were
approved in late 2009 to deploy a case management regime (known as “case
progression”) to various categories of civil litigation in that court. A
similar regime had been deployed successfully for family law litigation
during 2008 (more).