Domestic Violence Act 1996
Exercise of jurisdiction by court.
14.— (1) The jurisdiction of the court in respect of civil proceedings under this Act may be exercised—
( a) as regards the Circuit Court, by the judge of the circuit, and
( b) as regards the District Court, by the judge of the District Court for the time being assigned to the district court district,
where the applicant resides or, if the application is for a barring order, where there is situate the place in relation to which that application was made.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the court may treat any person concerned as residing at a place where that person would, but for the conduct of the respondent, be residing at.
(3) Where a judge of the District Court to whom subsection (1) relates is not immediately available, the jurisdiction of the District Court under that subsection may be exercised by any judge of the District Court.