English VersionIrish Version
Search for Click to Search
Advanced Search
Printable Version
All SectionsPractice DirectionsCourt Rules Terms & Sittings
Legal Diary Offices & Maps Judgments & Determinations

Important dates


The Courts Service Act establishes the Courts Service


Irish Republic established


Enactment of Bunreacht na hÉireann

1923 - 1931:

Courts sit in Dublin Castle


Civil War ends


Establishment of the Irish Free State. Occupation of Four Courts by Rory O'Connor. Shelling precipitates two explosions destroying Records Office and dome. Fire guts the building. The Civil War continues. Rebuilding begins under T.J. Byrne - interior of the Four Courts radically redesigned.


Anglo Irish Treaty signed


Law Library moves to east wing, barristers robing rooms move from cellars under Round Hall to old library

Late 1830s:

New building period under Jacob Owen. Northern Block commenced. New rolls and nisi prius courts erected. Accommodation provided for probate, bankruptcy and land judges, new Public Records Office, Registry of Deeds built


Courts move to Inns Quay


Dome completed


Plan for Four Courts approved by Duke of Rutland


Death of Cooley. Project comes under charge of James Gandon


Servants of the Crown enter onto the land at Blackfriars and begin work on public offices designed by Thomas Cooley.

Mid 18th century:

Accommodation at Christchurch increasingly inadequate, Kings Inns premises falls into disrepair


Courts move to Christchurch. Nearby is the laneway known as 'Hell'. Land at Blackfriars passes into the possession of the Society of Kings Inns

Early 17th century:

Courts move to Blackfriars mooted. Successfully resisted by the inhabitants of the walled city south of the river.

16th century:

Accommodation of Courts at the Castle becomes increasingly cramped with fire and explosion highlighting the need for safer premises


Trinity Term - Four Courts moved temporarily to Dominican Priory of St. Saviour (Blackfriars) on site of modern Four Courts

13th & 14th centuries:

Courts follow the location of the residence of the King's Governor, the Lord Deputy, most often in Dublin Castle, briefly in St. Patrick's Cathedral


 Henry  II follows and reasserts royal authority


Norman invasion of Wexford by Strongbow (Richard FitzGilbert, Earl of Pembroke)