Court terms explained

The Courts with civil jurisdiction in Ireland are:

The Small Claims Court 

People usually present themselves at this Court with small claims up to a value of €2000.

The District Court

Existing Jurisdiction: Deals with claims up to €15,000

The Circuit Court

Existing Jurisdiction: Deals with claims up to €75,000 except for personal injury actions which will be limited to €60,000.00

The High Court on Circuit

This involves a High Court Judge sitting at different venues around the country to deal only with Appeals from the Circuit Court.

The High Court

Existing Jurisdiction: Deals with claims from €38,100 upwards.

Commercial Court

A branch of the High Court which deals with claims in excess of €1,000,000.

The Supreme Court

This is a Court of Appeal only.

Criminal Court side you have:

The District Court, The Circuit Court, The Court of Criminal Appeal, Special Criminal Court

We have represented our clients in all of these Courts. Our policy is to keep you out of Court where possible and where not possible, to deal with your litigation in an efficient and business-like manner.

*New Proposed Jurisdiction. This has not yet been implemented. Proposals have been made in 2001 to increase the jurisdiction but no increase has yet been implemented.


Contact for Court Business

High Court, Circuit Court

John G. Murphy/ Anthony Rath

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District Court

Anthony Rath

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