• Main entrance viewed from Infirmary Road

  • President Mary McAleese speaks at the official opening

  • The Great Hall of the Criminal Courts of Justice

  • Information desk and the Great Hall

  • Courtroom offering natural light and privacy

The Criminal Courts of Justice

The Criminal Courts of Justice is the largest courts project undertaken in Ireland for over 200 years. Its 22 courtrooms and associated legal and administrative functions include a bespoke joinery fit-out incorporating the highest levels of technology.

Located at the eastern tip of the Phoenix Park, its siting continues the tradition of placing public buildings within sight of the River. The circular form gives equal weight to both city and park creating a more definitive threshold to both. Its simplicity and conviction gathers the disparate elements of the brief into a singular identity.

The simple form belies an inherent complexity. Segregating judicial, juror, public and custodial circulation systems is a significant challenge, while directing natural light to each of the courtrooms is a feat rarely achieved in multi-storey criminal court facilities.

The saw toothed glass facade expresses the double height courtrooms within. A perforated metal screen controls glare and maintains privacy. The entire becomes both an acoustic barrier and energy efficient double skin; creating varied shadow and visual interplay.

The ‘Great Hall’ is both the ‘physical and spiritual centre of the building’. A seven storey window draws in the Park, reinforcing the sense of place. Volumetric simplicity promotes equality, dignity and respect.

The Criminal Courts of Justice building will support the administration of justice in Ireland throughout this century and provides dignified and quality surroundings and facilities for the public, jurors and other court users.

Amber Infrastructure/Irish Courts Service




Parkgate Street, Dublin 8