Civil Courts in the Republic of Ireland

There are three Jurisdictions within which civil proceedings may be taken for debt recovery

The District Court:
Debts up to €6,348 (To be increased to €15,000 from 3rd February 2014)
There are approximately 220 District Courts throughout the country, which are administered by 44 Court Offices

The Circuit Court :
Debts between €6,348 and €38,092 (To be changed to €15,000 and €75,000)
There are 28 Circuit Courts throughout the country, each administered by it’s own Court Office

The High Court :
Debts over €38,092 (Over €75,000 from 3rd February 2014)
There is one High Court located at the Four Courts in Dublin

While proceedings are commenced and Judgement sought in the appropriate court depending on the amount of the debt, Enforcement proceedings brought with a view to obtaining an Instalment Order are always taken in the debtor’s local District Court irrespective of the amount of the debt.
Further information on the Courts System may be obtained from the Courts Service website (

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