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Background


The modern Irish legal system is derived from the English common law tradition. Ireland is often described as 'the first adventure of the common law.' The dominance of English law was consolidated by Oliver Cromwell's military campaign (1649-1652), which forced many Irish landowners to resettle in Connaught. The victory of Protestant William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1691 led to brutal repression of Catholics in the form of the penal laws. These enactments, passed during the 18th century, were aimed at disenfranchising Catholics from political and economic power. Catholics were excluded from education and their property rights were heavily restricted.

The English Parliament repealed Poyning's Law under the Irish Appeals Act, 1783. From that time until 1800, the Irish Parliament (known as Grattan's Parliament) sought to improve the situation of Catholics through the enactment of the Roman Catholic Relief Act, 1793, which conferred a limited right to vote and admission to practice at the Bar. However, in light of the French and American revolutions and the failed rebellion of 1798, the Act of Union, 1800 was passed. This Act dissolved the Irish Parliament and established the Westminster Parliament in London as the sole legislative body of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This Act centralised government power in London until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. The Crown's representative in Ireland was the Chief Secretary for Ireland, who was a member of the cabinet. The British administration had its Irish headquarters in Dublin Castle, under the control of the Under-Secretary and the Crown's official representative in Dublin, the Lord Lieutenant.

 

Reform


In the wake of the industrial revolution and the influential writings of Bentham and Mill, the urgency for reform of legal institutions became increasingly apparent. Reforms were introduced by the Supreme Court of Judicature Act, 1873 and its Irish counterpart in 1877. These Acts merged the administration of common law and equity to create a unified court system. The Supreme Court of Judicature was established, consisting of the High Court of Justice, which had original jurisdiction as well as appellate jurisdiction from courts of local jurisdiction, and the Court of Appeal, which had appellate jurisdiction. The Judicial Committee of the House of Lords remained the ultimate court of appeal for Ireland. The various courts which had developed over the centuries (such as the Court of Exchequer and the Court of Probate) were subsumed into separate divisions of the High Court. The High Court of Justice of Ireland sat in Dublin.

In addition to these superior courts, there were a number of inferior courts. The court of assize was the antecedent to the High Cour

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