Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act, 1961

Jurisdiction of Circuit Court in indictable offences.

25.—(1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, the Circuit Court shall have and may exercise every jurisdiction as respects indictable offences for the time being vested in the Central Criminal Court and every person lawfully brought before the Circuit Court in exercise of such jurisdiction may be indicted before and tried and, if convicted, sentenced by the Circuit Court accordingly.

(2) The jurisdiction conferred on the Circuit Court by subsection (1) of this section shall not extend to treason, an offence under section 2 or 3 of the Treason Act, 1939 , an offence under section 6 , 7 or 8 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 , murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy to murder, or piracy, including an offence by an accessory before or after the fact.

(3) The jurisdiction vested in the Circuit Court by subsection (1) of this section shall be exercised by the judge of the circuit in which the offence charged has been committed or in which the accused person has been arrested or resides.

(4) In section 6 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1926 , as applied by section 48 of this Act, and in subsection (1) of section 14 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1926 , the references to section 53 of the Act of 1924 shall be construed as references to subsection (3) of this section.