This building deals with criminal business of Dublin District Court, Dublin Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Special Criminal Court and Court of Appeal.
It is situated on the western side of the city’s Legal Quarter on the corner of Parkgate Street and Infirmary Road, an important gateway to the city’s civic and business area.
The use of indigenous and quality materials reflects the dignity and importance of the courts and ensures the privacy and comfort of all court users. Light is filtered into the courtrooms by means of an external bronze screen which highlights the walnut furniture and fittings. The building provides separate and secure segregation for the public, jurors, persons in custody, judiciary and staff.
Entranced via a striking public plaza, the building is the equivalent of 11 stories and has over 450 rooms including 22 courtrooms. It has over 250 stair flights and 27 lifts. The building has extensive public spaces – a ‘Great Hall’ four times the size of the Round Hall in the Four Courts – and first class consultation rooms and waiting areas. A large combined court office to deal with business from all criminal court jurisdictions is complemented by accommodation and facilities for 60 Courts Service staff. There is also accommodation for vulnerable witnesses, victims, and relatives and a children’s evidence suite designed following consultation with Barnardos.
There are extensive facilities for legal practitioners and the media and a jury reception area large enough to accommodate up to 400 jurors with dining facilities and retiring rooms within secure and segregated circulation. There is accommodation for up to 150 barristers under a commercial arrangement with the Bar Council and accommodation for the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Gardaí, the Law Society and the Probation Service. There is cell accommodation for 100 prisoners together with a prison reception area, prison officer accommodation and ancillary facilities.