Robert Heron, leaving the Anglo Irish Bank case at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

In the cast list of the Anglo trial, Robert Heron played an ambiguous role, regularly evoked but never seen. Early on in the 11-week tri(...)

Figures confirm that, overall, barristers’ fees have fallen sharply since the 
financial crisis struck. Photograph: Reuters

The State is by far the biggest buyer of barristers’ services. Every day of the week, it turns to the law library for legal advice and dispatches c(...)

 Judge Michael Reilly:  “The Irish Prison Service should, as a matter of urgency, examine its procedures with a view to defining a streamlined response to ensure compliance with best practice in scene preservation, bearing in mind the necessity to preserve life.”

The continuing influx of drugs into Irish prisons is a “major issue” and innovative ways of addressing it are urgently needed, the Inspector of Prison(...)

Máire Whelan was speaking at the launch of the Law Reform Commission’s fourth work programme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State needs to “inject systemic resilience and accountability” into its corporate criminal law and address the “strong public perception” that whi(...)

Mr Justice Henry Abbott: said he was “quite improperly” asked by a Circuit Court judge about a ruling in a long-running dispute between parents over custody of one of their children

A High Court judge has said there was “entirely improper interference” involving a politician and a judge in a family law case. In a judgment m(...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)

 Supreme Court judges at  an appeal by the State against a landmark decision in favour of Kathryn Sinnot and her son Jamie, who has autistm, in 2001. It was the first time seven Supreme Court judges had assembled to determine a constitutional issue. From left: Hugh Geoghegan, John Murray, Susan Denham, the then chief justice Ronan Keane, Frank Murphy, Adrian Hardiman and Nial Fennelly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It has played a key role in helping to shape modern Ireland but the Supreme Court was slow to find its voice. After the foundation of the State, the j(...)

It is understood that, having been contacted on Thursday by the DPP, the Irish Independent initially decided to publish yesterday what it regarded as the least contentious recordings at its disposal. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish Independent curtailed its coverage of the Anglo Irish Bank recordings in yesterday’s newspaper after being contacted by the Director of Publ(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: posts go before the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government has nominated six county registrars for appointment as specialist judges of the Circuit Court, creating a new cadre of judges in a m(...)

The salary of a high court judge is €206,618

Judges’ salaries range from €122,512 to €251,529, taking into account a cut imposed by the Government after the judicial pay r(...)