District Court Prosecutions

The CRO’s enforcement of statutory annual return filing obligations comprised involuntary strike-off, company prosecutions and the seeking of High Court orders against companies and their directors under section 797 of the Companies Act 2014.

Prosecutions of companies who have failed to file an annual return are made pursuant to section 343 Companies Act 2014 in the District Court.

Companies and directors of companies who fail to file an annual return with the CRO may be prosecuted under section 343 of the Companies Act 2014. Upon conviction, the maximum penalty for each offence can be €5,000  a category 3 offence. A director who has received three such convictions may be disqualified from acting as director, or having any involvement in the management, of any company.

Prosecutions are also carried out by Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

District Court Prosecutions 22nd October 2018

33 cases were prosecuted by the Companies Registration Office in the District Court for failing to file their 2017/18 Annual Returns on time.
18 companies were convicted.
14 companies were adjourned to 03/12/2018.
Fines ranged from €500 to €5,000 in all convicted cases to CRO

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