The Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin, Ireland

Henry J Lyons
Date Built
Beside Phoenix Park, Dublin
This striking new building located at the junction of Infirmary Road and Conyngham Road, at the end of Phoenix Park, is home to Dublin's Criminal Courts of Justice.  The Court Service website describes its location as, "Situated on the western side of the city's Legal Quarter, close to current court buildings, the Luas line and Heuston station, the building is on the corner of Parkgate Street and Infirmary Road, an important gateway to the city's civic and business area."  They add that it is a, " ... landmark civic building and an iconic addition to the Dublin cityscape. The use of indigenous and quality materials reflects the dignity and importance of the courts and ensures the privacy and comfort of all court users. Light is filtered into the courtrooms by means of an external bronze screen which highlights the walnut furniture and fittings. The building provides separate and secure segregation for the public, jurors, persons in custody, judiciary and staff."

The architectural practice responsible for its design describes it as, " ... 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. ... 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."