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Ireland Government – Judical Power of the State

Posted in Ireland, Ireland - Government by hynesbrid on July 22, 2008

There are four main courts in Ireland: the District Court, the Circuit Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court. Other courts in operation are the Special Criminal Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal.

  • The District Court has jurisdiction over minor civil and criminal matters. You can appeal the outcome of a case heard in the District Court to the Circuit Court.
  • The Circut Court has jurisdiction in more serious civil and criminal matters. You can appeal the outcome of a case heard in the Circuit Court to the High Court.
  • The High Court is presided over by a President of the High Court. It also has jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters. For example, the most serious criminal offences, such as murder, are dealt with by the High Court.
  • The Court of Criminal Appeal hears appeals from criminal cases heard in the Circuit Court and High Court.
  • The Supreme Court was created as the final court of appeal and is presided over by the Chief Justice.
  • Though courts can have jurisdiction over both civil and criminal matters, some courts (such as the Special Criminal Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal) only deal with criminal cases.

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/justice/courts-system/courts

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