Muriel Walls, chairwoman of the Legal Aid Board – it is “. . . extremely difficult for the board to provide much needed services as speedily as we would like”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cuts to resources combined with a “dramatic increase” in the demand for legal aid since the economic downturn have made it “extremely difficult” for t(...)

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

Judge Alan Mahon: chaired planning tribunal from 2003-2012. Photograph: Frank Miller

The judge who led the planning tribunal is to be promoted to the Court of Appeal after the Cabinet filled seven key judicial vacancies. Circuit Court(...)

For some couples, divorce has been off the agenda for the past few years, as a combination of tough personal financial circumstances, falling property(...)

Martin Coyne facing eviction 1:20

An order for the eviction of a couple from the home they have lived in for 15 years can be sent to the County Sheriff for execution, a judge has sa(...)

Limerick Courthouse. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some people appearing before Limerick district family court cannot afford “free” legal aid, Judge Mary Larkin said yesterday.The judge, who had more(...)

Violet and Martin Coyne have been ordered to leave their home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A Dublin couple, who have been ordered by Dublin Circuit Court to vacate their home by midnight tomorrow, say they have nowhere else to live and fac(...)

Chief Justice  Susan Denham, who is launching the report. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Calls to the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac) phone line were up by 10 per cent last year, according to the organisation’s annual report out today. A(...)

Noeline Blackwell: “Many a poor employee has been forced to represent themselves in complex legal matters”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The IMF’s departing representative in Ireland, Peter Breuer, pointed out last Monday, in an address to the Institute of International and European Aff(...)

Criminal legal aid cost about 
approximately 
50
million euro last year, down from a high of more than 60
million euro in 2009

Plans to transfer the criminal legal aid scheme to the Legal Aid Board will not go ahead this year, documents provided under the Freedom of Informati(...)