The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

  Country profil: IRELAND

CEPEJ Member


National Correspondent

Head of Reform and Development
Courts Service
Green Street Courthouse
Halston Street
Dublin 7

Caroline MURPHY
Courts Policy Division
Department of Justice and Equality
51 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2


Yvonne WALSH

 Courts Policy Division

Department of Justice and Equality

51 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

+353 01 6028256


Member of the Lisbon Network


Pilot Courts


Commercial Court of Dublin
Four Courts
Evaluation Exercise


Links to relevant Institutions



Legal texts (Codes, laws, regulations etc.)

Case-law of the higher court/s
Other documents (e.g. forms)


Recent developments in the judicial field

A new Criminal Courts Complex for Dublin

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).

Organisational chart of the system of justice