CHIEF STATE SOLICITOR'S OFFICE

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The Work of the CSSO

The Chief State Solicitor's Office provides litigation, advisory and conveyancing services to Government clients. It has five Legal Divisions, each headed by an Assistant Chief State Solicitor and organised by area of law, and a Corporate Services Division. Legal Divisions are further organised into Sections dealing with specific types of legal matters. The Corporate Services Division provides organisational and management services which support the legal work of the Office.

Administrative Law | Advisory, Commercial & Employment Law | Constitutional & State Litigation
Justice | State Property | Corporate Services

 

Administrative Law Division

Immigration & Asylum Section

The Immigration & Asylum Section represents the State and State Authorities in judicial review proceedings in matters of immigration, nationality and citizenship, and international protection law. The Section also has responsibility for habeas corpus applications, where these arise in an immigration or international protection context. The primary client of the Section is the Minister for Justice and Equality, and the Section also acts for the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Judicial Review Section

The Judicial Review Section represents the State and State Authorities in all non-immigration or asylum related judicial review proceedings. The Section also deals with habeas corpus applications under Article 40 of the Constitution, cases stated, letters of request from foreign tribunals, transfer of sentenced persons, and Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee cases.

 

Advisory, Commercial & Employment Law Division

Advisory Section

The Advisory Section is responsible for a wide range of general advisory matters, including company law proceedings, conciliations and arbitrations, civil registration, and Tribunals of Inquiry.

Commercial Contracts Section

The Commercial Contracts Section provides advice on commercial contracts to Government Departments and Offices and also provides specialist solicitor services in public procurement and commercial law to the Office of Government Procurement. The work of the Section includes public procurement matters, contractual negotiations and drafting of documents. It handles contractual work in a wide range of areas including information technology, intellectual property, employment, pensions, maritime, aviation and natural resources.

Employment Law Section

The Employment Law Section provides advice on Civil Service employment matters to Government clients and represents Government Departments and Offices at employment hearings and equality hearings before the Workplace Relations Commission and on appeal to higher courts.

 

Constitutional & State Litigation Division

Commercial & Constitutional Section

The Commercial & Constitutional Section is responsible for the defence of a wide range of civil actions against the State and State Authorities in all Courts. Issues of law dealt with include commercial, constitutional, administrative, employment, family status, environmental and intellectual property. This Section also handles European Union litigation, including legal proceedings before the Court of Justice instituted by the European Commission in direct actions, and cases in which Ireland intervenes in proceedings involving another Member State or EU Institution.

General Litigation Section

The General Litigation Section deals with personal injury and other tortious litigation which as not been delegated to the State Claims Agency. This includes defamation, defective product claims, assaults by prison officers, and appeals to the High Court by persons infected with Hepatitis C or HIV through contaminated blood products. The Section also acts for the State Claims Agency in certain matters.

Costs Accounting Unit and Counsels Fees Unit

The Costs Accounting Unit handles all costs orders against the State and costs where the State is a creditor. The Counsels Fees Unit handles payments of legal fees to Counsel.

 

Justice Division

Criminal Assets Section

The Criminal Assets Section provides litigation, advisory, and conveyancing services to the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), whose statutory remit is to carry out investigations into the suspected proceeds of criminal conduct.

Garda Litigation Section

The Garda Litigation Section deals with civil actions against An Garda Síochána. Its work includes claims for damages for assault, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, miscarriage of justice, deceit and defamation. It also handles non-party discovery applications seeking disclosure of documentation.

Justice & Crime Section

The Justice & Crime Section deals with extradition and European Arrest Warrant applications in the High Court and Supreme Court on behalf of the Attorney General and the Minister for Justice & Equality, and with Mutual Assistance applications in the District Court, Circuit Court and High Court. It also provides solicitor services to An Garda Síochána and client Departments in matters such as inquests, licensing applications, Police Property Act applications and transfer of sentenced persons applications.

Legal Services Section

The Legal Services Section deals with Ministerial Prosecutions in the District Court, company restorations, civil proceedings on behalf of the Minister for Social Protection to recover monies fraudulently obtained, and represents the Commissioner of Valuation in appeals before the Valuation Tribunal. It is also responsible for costs recovery.

 

State Property Division

Defence, Marine & Sports Capital Programme Section

The Defence, Marine & Sports Capital Programme Section deals with transactional conveyancing, litigation and property advisory matters for a number of Government Departments. Its areas of responsibility include fishery harbours, foreshore leases, capital grants, and the disposal of former Army barracks.

DPER/Property Dispute Resolution Section

The DPER/Property Dispute Resolution Section handles property-related litigation, the devolution of property to the State on foreign bankruptcy, and waivers sought where a company dissolves and its property vests in the State under the State Property Act 1954.

Finance, Education, Justice & Heritage Section

The Finance, Education, Justice & Heritage Section advises the Department of Education & Skills on property matters and deals with purchases, sales and leases in relation to schools. It also deals with the property aspects of the Residential Institutions Redress Indemnity Scheme. It advises the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs on property managment issues in relation to national monuments and the acquisition of bogs and turbary rights. It also deals with the processing of escheated estates where the State is the ultimate intestate successor, and handles claims for compensation under Section 120 of the Registration of Title Acts 1964-2006.

Office of Public Works & Health Section

The Office of Public Works & Health Section acts in property matters for the Commissioner of Public Works in Ireland. Its work includes acquisitions and disposals of of State property such as Garda stations and Government offices, commercial leasing of office accommodation for Government Departments, national monuments, historic and hertiage properties, and arterial drainage and flood relief.

 

Corporate Services Division

Finance & Accounts Section

The Finance & Accounts Section manages the CSSO's finances and ensures that effective financial controls are in place. Payroll and travel & subsistence are managed by the Department of Finance's Payroll Shared Services Centre.

Human Resources Section / Training & Development Unit
The Human Resources Section is responsible for the development and implementation of progressive HR practice in the CSSO. The Training & Development Unit supports the continuing professional development of CSSO staff, through the provision of external education and training opportunities and in-house legal CPD events.

Information & Communications Technology Unit

The ICT Unit is responsible for the management, development and and maintenance of the CSSO's hardware and software systems, including its case management, office productivity and communications systems.

Knowledge & Information Service

The Knowledge & Information Service provides library, information and knowledge services to CSSO staff. The Service provides legal staff with desktop access to a wide range of online legal information resources, delivers information and knowledge skills training, and is responsible for the implementation of the CSSO's Knowledge Management Strategy.

Office Services Section

The Office Services Section is responsible for the management of premises and facilities, health and safety, document and records management, and also provides a range of support services to CSSO staff.

 

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Chief State Solicitor's Office, Osmond House, Little Ship Street, Dublin D08 V8C5, Ireland
Telephone: (+353 1) 417 6100
Fax: (+353 1) 417 6299
e-mail: contact@csso.gov.ie
http://www.csso.ie
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