Karl Harford’s lawyers argued his sentencing judge failed to have sufficient regard to his age of 19 at the time of the offence and to his growing maturity. Photograph:Frank Miller

An eight-year jail sentence imposed on a man found in a car with a viable blast incendiary device was unduly severe, the Court of Appeal has ruled.Kar(...)

Paul Gallagher SC argues in a new book that the seriousness and extent of the challenges posed by EU law are not widely understood by the public, politicians or lawyers. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll

Recent EU treaty changes have had much less significance for Ireland than the “regular and automatic” changes brought about by new laws from Brussels(...)

The High Court ruled a man who has been living in a run-down house near Galway city centre is not entitled to claim squatters’ rights.

A man who has lived all his life in a run-down house near Galway city centre is not entitled to claim squatters’ rights over the property, the High Co(...)

High Court rules engineer is entitled to challenge Laois County Council over selection policy of personnel to carry out tests. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An engineer is entitled to challenge a county council’s practice of only using its own personnel to carry out tests on the suitability of soil for was(...)

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan of the High Court: one of nine judges appointed to the new Court of Appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Court of Appeal is due to be established today, setting off a round of judicial appointments and a major shake-up of the courts system. The signin(...)

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

A judge who sat on the Mahon planning tribunal is one of four Circuit Court members who have been selected by the Government to fill upcoming vacan(...)

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

The Government has nominated four Circuit Court judges for appointment to the High Court. At today’s cabinet meeting, ministers selected judges Carrol(...)

Legal shortage: delay in signing off nominations leaves High Court short of seven judges.

The president of the High Court has said he is struggling to find judges for new cases because the Government has not yet moved to fill seven vacan(...)

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan found ‘serious and significant’ error in how the Ombudsman had interpreted a key clause in contract documents concerning Danske Bank’s entitlement to increase the variable interest rate payable on the mortgage accounts. Photograph: Reuters

A significant High Court ruling means the Financial Services Ombudsman (FSO) must reconsider a couple’s complaint that Danske Bank was not entitled to(...)

The judge said that while social workers had shown huge commitment to the teenager’s welfare, it had been negligent to conclude she was suitable for independent living.

The HSE has been held liable for damages for the burning down of a Co Westmeath house next door to where it had “negligently” placed a vulnerable teen(...)