Here you will find information on the criminal jurisdiction of the District Court including bail, appeals and payment of fines

District Court - Covid-19 Arrangements

District Court - Covid-19 Arrangements

District Court procedures are adapting to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, for the latest arrangements and procedures please follow this link.

What offences does the District Court deal with?

What offences does the District Court deal with?

All criminal prosecutions are initiated in the District Court with the exception of certain offences dealt with by the Special Criminal Court (generally offences against the State).

Link to what offences does district court deal

How are criminal matters brought before the District Criminal Court?

How are criminal matters brought before the District Criminal Court?

A person is brought before the court either by way of a Summons or Charge Sheet.

Link to Criminal Matters

What is bail and how does it work?

What is bail and how does it work?

Bail is when a person enters a written bond, also known as recognisance, committing to appear before the court to answer the charges made against them.  

Link to What is Bail

Appeals to the Circuit Court

Appeals to the Circuit Court

Decisions of the District Court can be appealed to the Circuit Court with some exceptions (e.g. an order dismissing a complaint and directing the complainant to pay costs; or a refusal to grant legal aid).

Link to appeals to the circuit court

Fines imposed in the District Court

Fines imposed in the District Court

A fine is the amount of money the judge decides has to be paid as punishment for an offence.

Restoring a driving licence

Restoring a driving licence

How can I apply to have my driving licence restored following a court disqualification?

Link to restoring a license