Judge Jacqueline Linnane of the  CIrcuit Court: Last year she claimed  €250.46 in expenses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Courts Service said judicial expenses had fallen by 30 per cent over the past six years, despite the number of judges rising from 131 in 2006 to (...)

Probation officer Majella Hickey:  ‘The cases I find most upsetting are the ones where I can’t develop a therapeutic alliance, where they’re just not ready.’

Majella Hickey looks across the table at Peter Sheridan. His eyes dart around the spartan office, determinedly avoiding hers. “Where to now,” she asks(...)

Public paradox: the District Court has a central position in Irish society yet our knowledge of what goes on there is scant. Photograph: eric luke

It’s rooted in communities across the country and is the only part of the courts system that most people will ever encounter. It disposes of 90 per ce(...)

The men – two Polish and one Irish man, all employees of McAuliffe Trucking of Castleisland – pleaded guilty last week to dangerous driving in what District Court judge James O’Connor described as a “scandalous” and “outlandish incident, regardless of the charitable motive involved in the stunt”.

Three articulated truck drivers are spending two nights in custody at a Garda station after a member of the public complained about a YouTube video in(...)