Mutual Legal Assistance

Any country may make a request to Ireland for legal assistance in criminal investigations or criminal proceedings.

The legislation

The law that allows Ireland to provide mutual legal assistance to and to ask for mutual legal assistance from other countries is contained in the Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008.

The Act includes provisions that allow Ireland to:

Relevant international Conventions

Ireland is a party to the following international Conventions:

Requests made outside the provisions of an international convention will be decided on an individual basis.

Who may make requests for mutual legal assistance?

Requests for mutual legal assistance must be made by a court or tribunal.

Any other authority in a country, such as Ministries, Departments of Justice, Attorneys General and public prosecutors, which can legally do so, may also make a request.


Delivery of requests

A request for mutual legal assistance may be sent directly to:

The Central Authority for Mutual Assistance
Department of Justice and Equality
51 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
D02 HK52

The request may also be sent through diplomatic channels to the Central Authority.


Contact details for the Central Authority for Mutual Legal Assistance

Phone: +353 1 6028766
Fax: + 353 1 6028750


 For further information

Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters - A Guide to Irish Law and Procedures (PDF 293KB)