Library and Research Facilities
The Courts Service maintains a reasonably stocked Judge’s library on the 2nd floor of Áras Uí Dhálaigh in the Four Courts complex, serviced by a full time law librarian and several library assistants. The library facilities are available to all members of the judiciary, as well as Courts Service judicial researchers and judicial fellows. The Judge’s library is comfortable and well appointed with reading areas as well as desks and computer workstations for on-site research.
Most materials can either be consulted in the library itself, or borrowed on short term loan. Books may also be sourced on temporary loan from other libraries through the inter-library loans system. As well as its physical book stock the Judge’s library subscribes on behalf of the judiciary to many of the main on-line legal databases such as Justis, Lexis-Nexis etc. The Judge’s library staff facilitates judges working outside of Dublin by faxing or e-mailing relevant judgments to them on receipt of a request to do so by telephone or e-mail.
In addition, judges who wish to receive them may receive physical copies of updates to the statutes and certain law reports. However, nowadays many judges prefer to access these materials on-line. Each judge also has a small annual “chambers book allowance” for the purchase of regularly used texts and materials that a judge needs to have ready and immediate access to at all times. These texts and materials, known as a judge’s “chambers collection”, are ordered and purchased for each judge through the Judge’s library and are usually kept by the judge in his or her chambers. Each judge’s chambers collection remains the property of the Judge’s library and is returned to the library upon a judge’s retirement.