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

State Grants & Bona Vacantia Section

The State Grants & Bona Vacantia Section handles grant and security work under the Sports Capital Programme and other Government programmes; escheated estate work where the State is the ultimate intestate successor; waiver and related work where the assets of a dissolved company have devolved to the State; claims against the Property Registration Authority under the Registration of Title Act 1964, such as Section 120 claims for compensation and Section 19 applications to appeal an order or decision of the Registrar to the court; mining claims; and all property litigation and property advices relating to these areas. The Section is also currently temporarily handling work for the Department of Defence (pending reallocation within the Division).

State Sales & Purchases Section

The State Sales & Purchases Section deals with the purchase and sale of State property on behalf of a wide range of Government Departments and Offices. The work includes the acquisition of school sites for the Department of Education; Garda station acquisitions and disposals; acquisition of bogs and turbary rights; heritage and national monument work; and the property aspects of the Residential Institutions Redress Indemnity Scheme. The Section also handles exchange of land; easements; first registrations of acquired properties with unregistered titles (as one of the targets of the Asset Reform Plan); boundary rectification; and all property advices pertaining to these areas of work.

State Leases Section

The State Leases Section handles all property leasing and licensing work for Government Departments and Offices. The work includes commercial leasing of office accommodation for Government Departments; school leasing; leasing and licensing of fishery harbour centres and foreshore; and telecommunications licensing. The Section also handles all landlord and tenant advices for Government clients.

 

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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