Petty Sessions Court Registers, Dublin, Ireland, 21/02/1873

What are Ireland Petty Sessions court registers?

Find out if your ancestor ever had a brush with the law in the records of the Irish Petty Sessions. There are more than 22 million records with details of victims and witnesses as well as those accused of a crime.

What is Petty Session court?

This court is presided over by Justices of the Peace. The Petty Sessions Court requires a minimum of two justices to be properly constituted. Sometimes Magistrates exercise jurisdiction in these courts and the presiding magistrate exercises the jurisdiction of two Justices of the Peace.

Are Irish criminal records public?

Court records are under the control of the judiciary and are not accessible under the Freedom of Information Act. Outside of the Freedom of Information Act, right of access to some court records is ordinarily reserved for parties concerned or their legal representatives.

Are there magistrates in Ireland?

Republic of Ireland

Although appointed to the position of Resident Magistrate, the Provisional Government only publicly described these individuals as District Justices, and brought in legislation in 1923 (the District Justices (Temporary Provisions) Act 1923) to officially change the name of the position.

What are the 3 types of court?

Types of courts

Basic distinctions must be made between criminal and civil courts, between courts of general jurisdiction and those of limited jurisdiction, and between appellate and trial courts. There are also constitutional, federal, and transnational courts.

What sentence can magistrates give?

Magistrates have sentencing powers that allow them to impose a range of sentences, including unlimited fines, bans, community orders and up to 12 months’ custody, depending on the offence.

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