The Four Courts, Dublin 1

The Four Court is the physical centre of legal life in Ireland. Sittings of the Supreme, High, Circuit and District

Building work on this impressive Georgian building was begun in 1776 based on designs of architect Thomas Cooley. On the death of Cooley in 1784, work continued on The Four Courts and built between 1786 and 1796 by renowned architect James Gandon, while the finishing touches to the arcades and wings were completed in 1802.
The foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Ruthland in 1786 and the building was completed in 1802 although the first court session took place in 1796.
The building originally housed the four courts of Chancery, King's Bench, Exchequer, and Common Pleas, hence the name of the building. A major revision in the court system in the late nineteenth century saw these courts replaced, but the building has retained its historic name.
This courts system remained until 1924, when the new Irish Free State introduced a new courts structure, replacing the old High Court of Ireland, the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland and the Lord Chancellor of Ireland with a new Supreme Court presided over by the Chief Justice and a High Court of Justice, presided over by the President of the High Court.

It has a fine central block with an arched courtyard and end pavilion on either side. The portico is supported by six Corinthian columns and high above stand the statues of Moses, Justice, Mercy, Authority and Wisdom with copper domed colonnaded rotunda behind.

 


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