State Solicitors are solicitors in private practice who are employed on a contract basis to act on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Outside the Dublin area, 30 local State Solicitors provide a solicitor service for the Director in Circuit Courts and some District Court matters.  There is generally one State Solicitor per county but in certain counties, State Solicitor areas have been split to take account of factors such as population.  For example, County Cork is divided into four areas: Cork City, Cork North East, Cork South East and Cork West.

When vacancies arise for State Solicitors, we advertise these in national newspapers and on this website.  Applications are invited and an appointment is made following a competitive selection process.