Researching legal records

Court records are defined as departmental records under the terms of the National Archives Act, 1986 and are subject to the same legislative protection and permanent preservation as other records of state.

Court records held in the National Archives

The majority of court records held by the National Archives date from the foundation of the modern Irish State in 1922, but we also hold surviving court records predating independence.

Testamentary records

Some useful information for accessing testamentary sources, including wills.

Ordering certified copies

Certified copies are official copies with an accompanying letter and seal of authentication  for records required for legal purposes.


Guide to archival and legal terminology.


Some answers to frequently asked questions.