Case dismissed

Time spent in Dublin’s district criminal courts reveals everyday life in all its mundane rawness

24th December, 2014
At the District Court on Dublin’s Parkgate Street, everyone is looking for one thing: justice Illustration: Alwyn Gillespie

At 10.30am, the ground floor of Dublin’s central criminal courtrooms is occupied by uniformed gardai, hurrying solicitors, barristers in black gowns, clerks carrying files. There are men and women, young and old, screaming children in buggies, groups of families and friends. Welcome to the District Courts.

In the legal fortress on Dublin’s Parkgate Street, everyone is looking for one thing: justice, be it for a drug addict, an alcoholic, a beggar or an...

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