Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions: defended her office’s handling of rape cases

Claire Loftus says Court of Appeal could bring more consistency to sentencing

Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus: said when her office decided not to prosecute in a rape case, it was ‘only very rarely that there is any issue about the credibility of the complainant’

Claire Loftus warns of ’acute’ risk of public commentary prejudicing banking cases

The Chief Justice  Ms Justice Susan Denham: wrote to the Government  lat year warning that it risked creating a “second-best” judiciary by refusing to ease the financial burden on High Court judges who lived outside Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Seven vacancies will arise in High Court when Court of Appeal formally established

President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, last week said he was struggling to find judges for new cases. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ex-barrister who represented women in landmark abortion case among nominees

The Cabinet has selected judges Carroll Moran, Mary Faherty, Raymond Fullam and Carmel Stewart to fill four of the vacancies that will arise on the High Court when the Court of Appeal is formally established later this month. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Judges Carroll Moran, Mary Faherty, Raymond Fullam and Carmel Stewart to fill four out of seven vacancies

The Links Creche, Abington, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Majority of charges concern ‘disrespectful, degrading or exploitative’ practices

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel lodged a defamation action in the High Court in Dublin this week against Heat magazine’s publishers, the German Bauer Media Group. Photograph: PA Wire

Timberlake and Biel lodge defamation case in Ireland over damage to reputation

Medical mistakes: “There are very few plaintiffs or victims who can afford to fund a medical negligence claim,” Ernest Cantillon said at a conference on medico-legal issues. Photograph: Getty Images

Cases can cost €100,000 before going to trial, conference hears

Comparing the size of the judiciary in each state, a new  report shows Ireland has 3.1 judges per 100,000 inhabitants – the lowest of any country on the list

Council of Europe report finds Ireland has fewer women judges than most European states

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