Of 436 female Law Library members who responded to the survey  in February this year, just 5 per cent worked in criminal prosecution and 32 per cent in criminal defence.  Photograph:  Katie Collins/PA

Commercial law and criminal law are regarded “less available” to women than family law and general practice, a survey of female members of The Bar of (...)

Some 37 per cent of respondents to the study by the Bar of Ireland said they had encountered masters, colleagues, solicitors and judges who had a negative bearing on their career. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Almost two-thirds of women barristers have experienced discrimination during their careers, according to a survey which cites an “underbelly” of casua(...)

Michael McDowell  was Attorney General when  2001 anti-death penalty law was passed. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The media has helped expose “egregious” mistakes in the US death penalty system which have caused innocent people to be put to death, a US criminal d(...)

 Oscar Pistorius (centre) is surrounded by security personnel as he leaves the High Court after the third day of his murder trial, in Pretoria, South Africa on March 5th, 2014. File photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

The televising of the Oscar Pistorius trial turned coverage of the case into something very like a major sporting event, the conference of the Bar Cou(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said numbers in legal profession were growing, just like An Garda Síochána. Photograph: Alan Betson

The next generation of Irish solicitors have been told their future is bright, following a sustained period of economic uncertainty and a shortage of(...)

For decades, the legal profession has been in the crosshairs of external critics of the Irish economy. Every couple of years the Paris-based Organis(...)

Retired Central Criminal Court judge Barry White wants to resume practise as a barrister ‘due to economic necessity’ but is being prevented from doing so by an unconstitutional Bar Council rule, it has been claimed at the High Court. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Retired Central Criminal Court judge Barry White has been asked to disclose details of his financial affairs as part of his legal challenge seeking to(...)

Mick Wallace is facing an application in the Commercial Court for a €2 million summary judgment from the Promontoria (Aran) Ltd fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former government minister and an entire Dáil committee are among the names featuring in the Four Courts lists in the opening law term of 2016. W(...)

The Bar Council retains the right to refuse membership of the Law Library to barristers in employment or new business models. The Law Society retains financial and accounting oversight of solicitors.

After years of delay, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald expects to commence legislation to overhaul the legal professions early in 2016. Records(...)

Outgoing president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said many commentators now seem to feel successive court interventions have ‘virtually paralysed’ the investigatory process ‘where accountability for matters of serious public concern is required’. Photograph: Alan Betson

The courts should be mindful of the potential “Pandora’s box” effect of their decisions, particularly those which impact on accountability for matter(...)