Subsidiary protection is an international form of protection, other than refugee status, that is granted in cases where individuals face a real risk of suffering serious harm in their country of origin.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Three families have been granted leave to challenge the direct provisions system of housing and allowances for asylum seekers. Some 4,650 people are i(...)

Mrs Justice Susan Denham: chairs the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board

Applications were received from 174 lawyers to fill a single vacancy on the District Court bench last year. The annual report of the Judicial Appointm(...)

In a judgment issued this afternoon, Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh said he was “compelled” to reject the application for a provisional arrest warrant for US whistleblower Edward Snowden (above), which was made by the US embassy to the Department of Foreign Affairs last Friday, because it did not state where the alleged offences were committed. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/Guardian/Reuters

The High Court has refused an application by the United States for an arrest warrant for the former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. In a judgm(...)

It is now 18 years since a Newry firm of solicitors placed an advertisement in The Irish Times (...)