COURTS AND CASES NORTHERN IRELAND

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Supreme Courts (Highest Instance)

The House of Lords deals mainly with appeals from the Court of Appeal, or direct from the High Court, where the case involves a point of law or general public importance.

The House of Lords (UK)

Appellate Courts

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland is the highest court for Northern Ireland. Appeal from the Court of Appeal lies to the House of Lords. Appeals are heard from all the lower courts (Crown Court, High Court, county courts, courts of summary jurisdiction and tribunals).

Court of Appeal

High Courts

The High Court deals with civil cases, appeals in criminal cases, and also has the power to review the actions of individuals or organisations to make sure they have acted legally and justly. The High Court has three divisions: The Family Division , The Queens Bench Division , The Chancery Division. The High Court can be used for a case if the value of the claim is over £15.000.

High Court

Regional courts

The County Courts hear civil cases and appeals from the Magistrates' Courts ; Higher Value civil claims are heard by the High Court. The Crown Court in Northern Ireland hears the more serious criminal cases which are tried by a jury. The courts also deal with appeals from the Magistrates' Courts.

County Courts
Crown Court
Antrim Civil Court (Antrim county court division)
Antrim Crown Court (Antrim county court division)
Armagh Civil Court (County Court Division of Armagh & South Down)
Armagh Crown Court (County Court Division of Armagh & South Down)
Ballymena Civil Court (Antrim county court division)
Ballymena Crown Court (Antrim county court division)
Colerain Crown Court (Antrim county court division)
Coleraine Civil Court (Antrim county court division)
Coleraine Crown Court (County Court Division of Londonderry)
Craigavon Civil Court (County Court Division of Craigavon )
Craigavon Crown Court (County Court Division of Craigavon)
Downpatrick Civil Court (County Court Division of Ards)
Downpatrick Crown Court (County Court Division of Ards)
Dungannon Civil Court (County Court Division of Fermanagh & Tyrone)
Dungannon Crown Court (County Court Division of Fermanagh & Tyrone)
Enniskillen Civil Court (County Court Division of Fermanagh & Tyrone)
Enniskillen Crown Court (County Court Division of Fermanagh & Tyrone)
Laganside Civil Court (Belfast county court division)
Langanside Crown Court (Belfast county court division)
Larne Civil Court (Antrim county court division)
Limavady Civil Court (County Court Division of Londonderry)
Lisburn Civil Court (County Court Division of Craigavon)
Lisburn Crown Court (County Court Division of Craigavon)
Londonderry Civil Court (County Court Division of Londonderry)
Londonderry Crown Court (County Court Division of Londonderry)
Magherafelt Civil Court (County Court Division of Londonderry)
Newry Civil Court (County Court Division of Armagh & South Down)
Newry Crown Court (County Court Division of Armagh & South Down
Newtownards Civil Court (County Court Division of Ards)
Newtownards Crown Court (County Court Division of Ards)
Omagh Civil Court (County Court Division of Fermanagh & Tyrone)
Omagh Crown Court (County Court Division of Fermanagh & Tyrone)
Strabane Civil Court (County Court Division of Fermanagh & Tyrone)

First Instance Courts

Magistratesí Courts deal with criminal and some civil cases. Criminal Cases in the Magistratesí Court are heard for criminal offences where the defendant is not entitled to trial by jury. (summary offences). Summary offences involve a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £2,000.

Magistrates Courts

Other Courts

Coroner's Court
Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal
Pensions Appeals Tribunal
Traffic Penalty Tribunal

Jurisprudence (Case Law)

Crown Court for Northern Ireland Decisions

Judiciary (general)

Northern Ireland Court Service

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Document Created at August 20, 1996
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