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Encyclopedia > Circuit Court (Ireland)

The Circuit Court (An Chúirt Chuarda in Irish) of Ireland consists of a President and thirty-three judges.

For the purposes of the administration of justice the country is divided into eight circuits and at least one judge is assigned to each circuit. Cases heard in a circuit court include civil and criminal; family law and licensing applications are also heard in the court.


The civil jurisdiction is limited to a compensation claim not exceeding €38,092. Divorce and judicial separation cases are also heard in the court. Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse, which can be contrasted with an annulment, which is a declaration that a marriage is void, though the effects of marriage may be recognized in such unions, such as spousal support, child custody...

The criminal jurisdiction of the court is heard by judge and jury. Certain criminal cases - including murder, rape and treason - must be referred to higher courts.

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  • Circuit Court - Courts Service of Ireland
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Courts The Dáil Chamber Dáil Éireann[1] is the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Ceann Comhairle1 is the chairman or speaker of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of the Republic of Ireland. ... Dr. Rory OHanlon (born 7 February 1934), Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann. ... The Seanad Chamber The Seanad meets in the former picture gallery in Leinster House. ... Cathaoirleach (pronounced, ka-here-loch) is the title of the speaker of the sixty-member Irish upper house, Seanad Éireann (pronounced sch-anad air-inn). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The courts system in the Republic of Ireland consists of the Supreme Court, the High Court and a number of lower courts. ...

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