The taxing master at the High Court, of which there are two, provides an independent assessment of legal costs incurred by an individual or company involved in litigation when the parties involved cannot reach agreement.

Decision by Rowena Mulcahy to withdraw from case raises concerns, Law Society says

Vincent O’Donoghue: He had served more than four years in Hakea Prison in Western Australia and  four months in Cloverhill on his return to Ireland in 2013.  Photograph: Collins Courts

O’Donoghue maintained his innocence until two weeks before his trial

Chief Justice Susan Denham  said gross funding for the Courts Service had decreased by a quarter since 2008. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Susan Denham says funding for service decreased by a quarter since 2008

Woman said her ex-partner bought a ‘Mass kit’ and performed exorcism on her

Judge Seán MacBride: it was a “no-brainer” that an infant whose mother was addicted to drugs should remain in care

Judge told boy and sibling made disclosures

Limerick Courthouse. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Limerick family courts hears how some can not afford legal aid

 A woman  is  undeterred by a large spectators’ gallery as she leaves the water after a protest swim at the Forty Foot, the traditional men’s bathing place, in Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Women were greeted with ‘sexist abuse’

Solicitor  Catherine Ghent: acknowledges there were “differing ideological stances” when it came to children being represented in childcare cases.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Department of Children examining legal representation for guardians ad litem

Dermot Gleeson SC: last year  he earned the single highest costs payment of almost €130,000

Murray McGrath was paid half of top fees from State Claims Agency last year

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