Criminal Courts of Justice (Dublin)

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The Criminal Courts of Justice
Na Cúirteanna Breithiúnais Coiriúla
Criminal Courts of Justice (Dublin) is located in Central Dublin
Criminal Courts of Justice (Dublin)
General information
Type Courthouse
Architectural style Modern
Address Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
Town or city Dublin
Country Ireland
Elevation 10 m (31 ft)
Groundbreaking 2007
Opened January 2010
Cost 140 million[1]
Owner Courts Service
Height 32 m (105 ft)
Diameter 40 m (131 ft)
Technical details
Material reinforced concrete, glass, timber
Floor count 11
Floor area 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 27
Grounds 0.95 hectare (2.3 acre)
Design and construction
Architect Peter McGovern
Architecture firm Henry J. Lyons & Partners
Awards and prizes Public Choice Award / Best Accessible Award 2010[2]
Other information
Number of rooms 600+
Parking 72 spaces on-site
Monument outside the court

The Criminal Courts of Justice (Irish: Na Cúirteanna Breithiúnais Coiriúla) is the principal courts building for the criminal courts in the Republic of Ireland.[3][4] It is on Parkgate Street, near the Phoenix Park.[3][4]

The court building, which officially opened in January 2010, replaced the Four Courts and other buildings as the location for most criminal matters before the Dublin Metropolitan District Court and Dublin Circuit Court. The complex also houses the regular sittings of the Central Criminal Court, Special Criminal Court and is home to the Court of Appeal's criminal division.

In a change from previous older courts buildings in Ireland, the building has facilities to hold up to 100 prisoners in the basement, with separate entrances for each court.[3] Jurors are also based in a separate part of the building with their own court entrances after being empanelled, in order to keep them separate from the public.[3] Victims and victim support organisations also have use of a suite of rooms.[3]

The building contains rooms for 150 barristers as well as offices for Gardaí, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Probation Service, Law Society of Ireland, judges' chambers, press rooms and court administration.[3]

The Four Courts and Green Street Court House are still used for civil cases.[3][4]


Coordinates: 53°20′55″N 6°17′44″W / 53.348631°N 6.295682°W / 53.348631; -6.295682