Ms Justice Mary Laffoy (left) and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, with President Michael D  Higgins, after their appointment to the Supreme Court, leaving vacancies  at the High Court.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Some 149 people applied for a single vacancy on the District Court last year, new figures show. The annual report of the Judicial Appointments Adviso(...)

Mr Justice John Mac Menamin: told summer school there was  a need for greater public discussion on the major changes that might potentially flow from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan / Collins

The board that advises government on the selection of judges has divested itself of its power in that process by a dramatic shift in how it interpret(...)

A decision on a replacement for Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, who retired from the Supreme Court last month, is imminent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is close to selecting a new Supreme Court judge and will fill at least one vacancy on the High Court in the coming weeks. A decision on(...)

The Government has nominated two solicitors for appointment by the President to the district court. Grainne O’Neill (42), the Athlone b(...)

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The Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) should be abolished and the Attorney General should have no involvement in the process of selec(...)

We were in a queue, lining up to pay our respects at a funeral, and there were lots of legal people there. One called out to a retired judge be(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham has warned the Government it risks creating a more homogenous and “second best” judiciary by refusing to ease the financial burden on High Court judges who live outside Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Chief Justice Susan Denham has warned the Government it risks creating a more homogenous and “second best” judiciary by refusing to ease the financ(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham has written to the Minister for Public Expenditure about her concerns over judicial pay and travel costs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In the Four Courts it is taken as axiomatic that the big cuts to judicial pay and pensions will deter high-quality, experienced lawyers from applyi(...)

Minister of State Paschal Donohoe, who made the challenge during a debate about depoliticising how the judiciary is selected.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Minister of State Paschal Donohoe challenged the Opposition to name a court ruling that had been influenced by the method of a(...)

Fine Gael’s Paschal Donohoe: today challenged Mr Shane Ross to give a “single example of where the method of appointing individuals to the judiciary influenced the decisions they have made”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The appointment of judges has been regarded as part of the “spoils of war” since the foundation of the State, the Dáil has heard. Indepen(...)