The list below are the bodies under the aegis of the Department of Justice and Equality.

You will be able to access further information on these bodies and their associative legislation by clicking on the links below.  Oversight and Performance Delivery Agreements for the relevant bodies can be found here.

 DJE Pillars - Agencies and Offices

Bodies Established under Statute

Body

Function

Accounting Officer

Governing / Establishing Legislation

Courts Service

Manage the Courts, support the judiciary and provide high quality and professional services to all users of the courts.

Chief Executive,
Courts Service

Courts Service Act 1998

Criminal Assets Bureau

To target the assets, wherever situated, of persons which derive or are suspected to derive, directly or indirectly, from criminal conduct.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996

Data Protection Commission

Standards, inspections, investigation and enforcement of personal data protection.

Chief Commissioner

Part 2 of Data Protection Act 2018

Garda Síochána

Policing and national security in the State.

Garda Commissioner

Garda Síochána Act 2005

Garda Síochána Inspectorate

To carry out inspections or inquiries in relation to any particular aspects of the operation and administration of An Garda Síochána.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Part 5 of Garda Síochána Act 2005

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

To receive complaints made by members of the public concerning the conduct of member of An Garda Síochána, exercise power in relation to these complaints, issue guidelines, report results of investigations to the Garda Commissioner and DPP as appropriate, draw up protocols.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Part 3 of Garda Síochána Act 2005

Insolvency Service of Ireland

Operation of personal insolvency arrangements. Authorisation of Personal Insolvency Practitioners.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Personal Insolvency Act 2012

Irish Film Classification Office

Examination and certification of films, videos and DVDs.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Censorship of Films Act 1923

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Promote and protect human rights and equality in Ireland and build a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State.

Director of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014

 

Judicial Appointments Advisory Board

Identify persons and inform the Government of the suitability of those persons for appointment to judicial office.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Courts and Court Officers Act 1995

Legal Aid Board

Provision of civil legal aid and advice.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Civil Legal Aid Act 1995

Legal Services Regulatory Authority

Regulates the provision of legal services by legal practitioners and ensures the maintenance and improvement of standards in the provision of such services in the State.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Part 2 of Legal Services Regulation Act 2015

Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board

Review of detention of patients in the Central Mental Hospital.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006

National Disability Authority

Provision of advice on disability policy and practice.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

National Disability Authority Act 1999

Office of the Inspector of Prisons

Inspection of prisons, advisory.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Part 5 of Prisons Act 2007

Policing Authority

Overseeing the performance of An Garda Síochána in relation to policing services in Ireland.

Chief Executive of Policing Authority

Part 2A of Garda Síochána Act 2015

Private Security Authority

Regulation of the private security industry in Ireland.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Private Security Services Act 2004

Property Services Regulatory Authority

Operation of a licensing system, enforcement of standards, investigation and adjudication of complaints and management of compensation fund.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011

International Protection Appeals Tribunal

The Tribunal decides appeals of those persons whose application for International Protection status has not been recommended by the International Protection Office. The Tribunal also determines appeals under the Dublin System Regulations.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

International Protection Act 2015

 

Judicial Council

Promotes judicial excellence and independence to ensure public confidence in the administration of justice.

Secretary to the Board

Judicial Council Act 2019

 

 

Department of Justice and Equality – Non-Statutory Bodies

 

Body

Function

Accounting Officer

Irish Prison Service

Provision of safe, secure custody for people committed to prison by the courts and the management of custodial sentences.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Probation Service

Provision of probation supervision, community service, offending behaviour programmes and specialist support services.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Forensic Science Ireland

Assist the investigation of crime providing scientific analysis and expert advice.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Office of the State Pathologist

Provide independent advice on matters relating to forensic pathology and to perform post-mortem examinations in cases where foul play is suspected.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Parole Board

Recommendations on the sentence management of prisoners.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Considers compensation applications from or on behalf of people who have suffered injury or death as a result of violent crime.

Secretary General,
Department of Justice and Equality

 

 

Other statutory office

 

Body

Function

Established

Coroners

To look into the circumstances of a sudden, unnatural, unexplained, violent or unnatural death.

Coroners Act 1962

 

 

 

Appellate Bodies (Statutory)

These are bodies with an appeal function established by law.

 

Body

Function

Established

Censorship of Publications Appeal Board

To consider appeals against Prohibition Orders issued by the Censorship of Publications Board.

Censorship of Publications Act 1946

Classification of Films Appeal
Board

Appeals in relation to classification decisions made by IFCO.

Censorship of Films Act 1923 as amended
by the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions)
Act 2008

Private Security Appeal Board

Consideration of appeals by members of the security industry against licensing decisions made by the PSA,

Private Security Services Act 2004

Property Services Appeal Board

To hear and determine appeals against certain decisions made by the Authority.

Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011

International Protection Appeals Tribunal

The Tribunal decides appeals of those persons whose application for International Protection status has not been recommended by the International Protection Office. The Tribunal also determines appeals under the Dublin System Regulations.

International Protection Act, 2015