Visits are conducted at 9.15am and 1.10pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the court terms. Visits commence at the 'School Meeting Point' sign in the great in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Details of Guided Visits

Details of Guided Visits

Groups should be accompanied by one teacher for every 12 students with not more than 24 students in any group.

Contact the Courts Service Information Office at schooltours@courts.ie.

On the day of your visit

  • Assemble at the 'Schools Meeting Point' sign in the Great Hall in the Criminal Courts of Justice no later then 9.10 a.m. for the morning visit and 1.05 p.m. for the afternoon visit
  • Members of the group should be in school uniform where appropriate
  • Switch off all mobile phones
  • Note that the taking of photographs inside the court building is prohibited
  • We regret that we are unable to offer parking facilities, however street parking is available and the Phoenix Park is nearby.

Format of a visit

  • A barrister will meet your group and introduce you to the building and work carried out there
  • You will be brought to a courtroom for further discussion and to take part in a mock trial (the details of which will be provided to you in advance of your visit)
  • Approximately 15 minutes before a court hearing commences you will be directed to the relevant courtroom to observe a court in session
  • Given that court proceedings can be long and protracted, we recommend that you stay in the court until 1.00 p.m. (for morning visits) and 4.00 p.m. (for afternoon visits) to afford yourself an opportunity to follow what is happening.

Every effort will be made to enable groups to also attend at a court hearing. However, the nature of court proceedings is such that there may be days when there are no suitable cases at hearing at the time of the visit. 

Note: There are no available tour dates during August and September when the courts are on long vacation.