‘The Government was taking a “prudent” approach, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (above) has said, surely stretching the meaning of that word well beyond its known limits.’  Photograph: Eric Luke

When the troika came to town in late 2010, the Government of the day agreed – as part of the bailout plan – to have an independent regulator for legal(...)

Mr Justice Carroll Moran: Judges are often wrongly portrayed as being in “ivory towers”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tributes have been paid to Mr Justice Carroll Moran on the occasion of his final sitting in the High Court. Mr Justice Moran (70) spent the greater p(...)

Mr Justice John Murray, who has retired from the Supreme Court. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Attorney General has lead tributes to a former chief justice, Mr Justice John Murray, on his retirement as a Supreme Court judge. Mr Justice Mur(...)

William Hubbard, president of the American Bar Association photographed in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The American legal system is going through a significant shift – and lawyers who don’t believe it are in for a shock, according to the president of th(...)

Mr Justice Paul Carney, who has retired, has been  described as an “innovator” and a “strong advocate” of the rights of victims who was instrumental in putting together a structured criminal justice system that is “fit for purpose”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The country’s most senior criminal judge Mr Justice Paul Carney has retired after warm tributes were paid to him at the Four Courts.Tributes were lead(...)

This way for . . . Senior counsel reported doing the highest proportion of free legal advice work in a recent survey, with 50 per cent giving their time frequently

“It’s definitely a new movement, but it’s one that is growing,” said Pila coordinator Rachel Power of pro bono work in the legal profession.Pila (Publ(...)

Mr Justice Paul Carney: he was praised  for his willingness to embrace technology and it was  recalled how he had once used a video link to charge a jury in a case from his hospital bed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to Mr Justice Paul Carney by the members of the legal profession in Cork ahead of his retirement next month after over 20 yea(...)

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. (...)