Chapter 1: Functions

The functions of the CSSO are to provide a Solicitor service to the Attorney General and to Government Departments and Offices.

Functions include;

  • carrying out conveyancing of State property, including dealing with landlord and tenant and other property matters.

  • furnishing of legal advice on the various issues that are submitted by Government, Departments and Offices and drafting of the necessary accompanying legal documents, including commercial contracts.

  • providing a Solicitor service in all civil courts in which the State, any State Authority or the Attorney General is involved.

  • preparing and presenting prosecutions initiated by Ministers or Government Departments.

  • providing a Solicitor service to the Garda Síochána in matters related to the functions of the Criminal Assets Bureau.

  • acting as Agent of the Government before the European Court of Justice.

  • acting for the State in Inquiries under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Acts 1921 - 2004 and supplying legal staff to act for the Tribunals, the public interest and other relevant State Authorities.

  • advising and representing State parties in asylum, refugee and immigration matters.

  • acting for the State in Extradition and European Arrest Warrant proceedings, Mutual Assistance Applications, Inquests, Police Property Applications and cases involving the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

  • discharging functions under the Council Regulation (E.C.) No. 1348/2000 of 29 May 2000 and the 1965 Hague Convention on the service abroad of Judicial and Extra - judicial documents in civil or commercial matters.

  • representing the State and State Authorities in taxations of costs before the Taxing Masters and on appeal.


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