Litigation in Ireland
Ireland is a common law jurisdiction. Cases are determined by reference to precedents and legislation. Depending on the quantum or type of dispute, various jurisdictions and courts may apply. In the more senior courts, Barristers will be engaged who are experts and court advocates, specializing in particular areas of law.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Of course the first legal recourse is not, and should never be, to the courts. At Paul W. Keogh LLP Solicitors, we will attempt in the first instance to resolve the matter by way of negotiation, or if unsuccessful, mediation or arbitration. Court applications and litigation are effectively an adversarial system where there has to be by a party who is successful and a party who is unsuccessful. It is a fact that all litigation carries risk.
Hears disputes generally up to €15,000 and lower criminal offences.
Hears disputes generally up to €75,000 and the central criminal court hears more serious criminal matters.
Hears disputes of unlimited quantum and in more complex cases such as judicial review is the first court that may be consulted.
Court of Appeal
It is the first appeal court from the High Court and will hear appeals in the ordinary course.
This is the highest Court in Ireland and will hear matters of constitutional importance and other important legal precedents.