Senior counsel Michael O’Higgins said the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to high standards. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to hi(...)

Supreme court judge Adrian Hardiman: “I consider it utterly unwise, to use no stronger word, to grant to the gardaí, in that context, the effective immunity from judicial oversight which this case does.”

A Supreme Court judge has vehemently criticised a landmark decision of the court, saying in his dissenting judgment that it has given An Garda Síochá(...)

 Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman:  In his 166-page minority judgment, one of his most impassioned, Mr Justice Hardiman deplores what his colleagues have done. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Supreme Court doesn’t lightly overturn its own decisions. It’s particularly slow to reverse its most important judgments. But that’s what happened(...)

Ruling by a four to three majority on the use of evidence in criminal trials is considered hugely significant.

A hugely significant majority Supreme Court decision today has introduced a new rule concerning the admissibility of evidence in criminal trials. A de(...)

Martin Corbally: The Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee found him  guilty of poor professional performance on three counts. Photograph:  Collins Photos

A Supreme Court ruling last month has raised major issues for regulation for health professionals in Ireland, with the legislation in question likely (...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham adresses the court as for the first time the Supreme Court sat outside of Dublin. Photograph: Provision

Judicial history was made today when the Supreme Court sat outside Dublin for the first time in its 85-year history.Chief Justice Susan Denham also an(...)

Mary Stokes:   said her son John did not  meet the criterion of having a father or brother in the school, as he was the oldest in his family and his father had not attended the school. Following a lottery process, John was not admitted and instead went to another school. Photograph: Collins/Courts.

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal arising out of a secondary school’s refusal to enrol a teenage boy from the Traveller community. In proceed(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: The surrogacy proposals are expected to include a provision that at least one of those involved has to be a genetic parent. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State’s first set of proposed laws to deal with surrogacy are expected to be considered by Cabinet today.At least one of those involved in a surro(...)

Prof Martin Corbally  ended up before the Medical Council, whose fitness-to-practise committee found him guilty of poor professional performance, over an operation carried out incorrectly in 2010 on a two-year-old girl. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The system for adjudicating on professional complaints against doctors is in disarray following the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a case brought by the(...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said the dismissal of the woman’s appeal was done “with some reluctance” as it meant the plaintiff will be deprived of redress for an alleged “grave wrong”.
Court halts abuse action

The Supreme Court has halted a woman’s action for damages against her now deceased paternal grandfather over alleged sexual abuse.The High Court stopp(...)