Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi: “If someone was willing to stay behind after dinner and have sex with prime minister Berlusconi, then they would be paid more,” a woman told a court in Italy this week. Photograph:  EPA/Angelo Carconi

Not for the first time in recent years, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has featured in a court case relative to the “after hours” ho(...)

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution.   Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the US Supreme Court  in 2013.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether or not same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution, setting up a potentially hi(...)

The Court of Appeal has doubled the “very seriously inadequate” six-year sentence imposed on a man who raped one woman and sexually assaulted another (...)

If the appeal succeeds, it could pave the way for pregnant women’s behaviour to be criminalised, warns the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales is being asked to decide in a test case whether a pregnant woman committed “a crime of violence” against her (...)

The number of people seeking compensation after complaining of being abused by television personality Jimmy Savile has risen to more than 200. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

The number of people seeking compensation after complaining of being abused by television personality Jimmy Savile has risen to more than 200.The figu(...)

In July 2007 Joe O’Reilly was  sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife at their home in the Naul, Co Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The State is to bring an application to dismiss an appeal brought by Joe O’Reilly to have his conviction for murdering his wife declared a miscarria(...)

The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the convictions of two Laois brothers for raping a woman in a hotel room after hearing new evidence from a ke(...)

A file photograph of Anthony Lyons leaving the Court of Criminal Appeal. The DPP is arguing the sentence he received for a sexual assault was too lenient. Photograph: Collins

Businessman Anthony Lyons agreed to pay almost €200,000 compensation to a woman he violently sexually assaulted under a settlement of a civil action t(...)

Sudanese woman Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity, has been re-arrested just a day after being released from prison. Photograph:   EPA/STR.

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity has been re-arrested just a day after being released (...)

A Sudanese court has ordered the release of a 27-year-old Mariam Yahya Ibrahim who was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity, the state news agency said. Photograph: EPA/STR.

A Sudanese court has ordered the release of a 27-year-old woman who was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity, the(...)