The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, has said “comfortable assumptions” that legal fees should continue as before “without the slightest regard for privations experienced by citizens”, including other professionals, does not serve “the interests of justice”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The President of the High Court has said “comfortable assumptions” that legal fees should continue as before “without the slightest regard for privati(...)

Last week the Medical Protection Society said large increases in the cost of cover, driven by high legal costs, were driving some doctors out of practice. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

The Bar Council has rejected claims that excessive legal costs are driving up the cost of medical indemnity and forcing doctors into emigration and r(...)

Relations between Government and the judiciary have grown warmer since Frances Fitzgerald replaced Alan Shatter at the Department of Justice last year. PHOTOGRAPH: ERIC LUKE

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to publish legislation in the coming months to change to way in which judges are selected for appointment. (...)

The Ana Liffey Project has committed to introducing residential stabilisation services nationwide aimed at helping existing drug users to overcome their addictions. File photograph: PA Photo.

Draft legislation to introduce medical injection centres for users of opiates such as heroin may be put to Government early next year, according to An(...)

David Barniville: new chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers and runs the Law Library. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

These are uncertain times for the Law Library. The economic collapse has meant that an increasing number of barristers are in competition for a smalle(...)

Investigations which led to the controversial tax evasion dossier went on for “too long” and left a “cloud of suspicion” over those who may not hav(...)

Gerry Ryan says in the cover letter of his dossier that he was “asked to terminate my investigations” by Ms Harney in June 2004. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The civil servant who drafted the dossier that claims former politicians evaded tax was directed in 2004 by then tánaiste Mary Harney to provide his i(...)

King’s Inns: Fledgling barristers have to “devil” with an experienced barrister (a “master”) for at least one year and often two years or more. This mandatory work experience is unpaid. Photograph: Collins Agency

The road to becoming a barrister can be “prohibitively expensive” and the financial drain sometimes makes it impossible to continue practising law. Th(...)

Recent reports in this newspaper about the Government review of expenditure have focused attention on the fees paid to barristers by state agencies. T(...)

David Barniville,  chairman of  the  Bar Council: “I think perhaps it was a bit provocative and I don’t think it represents the views of many solicitors either.”    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The representative body for barristers has described as “unfortunate and rather silly” a claim by the Law Society that solicitors have wider experienc(...)