“If he [Alan Shatter] is saying this court is not 100 per cent sound, then we have a much greater emergency than a backlog of civil cases  .  .  .  We have hundreds of people in jail who don’t belong there.”    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s arguments for creating a Court of Appeal are “somewhere between incoherent and incomprehensible”, a constitutional lawyer has said. S(...)

Simon Carty

What is your favourite case?My favourite legal case is Hustler Magazine v Falwell, a United States Supreme Court decision from 1988.The case is probab(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the Government will increase the size of the Supreme Court from eight to 10 judges in the coming months, a move that will allow it to sit in three divisions for the first time and help cut into the waiting list. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At a recent hearing in the Supreme Court, as two barristers ruminated at length over how to go about delivering a box of documents to the court, Mr Ju(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said he is looking forward to debating the Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A referendum on a new Court of Appeal will be held in October after the Government today published a draft law allowing for the creation of the cou(...)

Susan Denham, Chief Justice since 2011, dissented in six cases during the five years covered by the study. Photograph: Pat Langan

Supreme Court judges disagreed among themselves on one in five constitutional cases over the past five years.An analysis by The Irish Times of all jud(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney
One court. Eight voices

Susan DenhamChief Justice Susan Denham became the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1992, just a year after she was ma(...)

 Supreme Court judges at  an appeal by the State against a landmark decision in favour of Kathryn Sinnot and her son Jamie, who has autistm, in 2001. It was the first time seven Supreme Court judges had assembled to determine a constitutional issue. From left: Hugh Geoghegan, John Murray, Susan Denham, the then chief justice Ronan Keane, Frank Murphy, Adrian Hardiman and Nial Fennelly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It has played a key role in helping to shape modern Ireland but the Supreme Court was slow to find its voice. After the foundation of the State, the j(...)

Baking bread at the turn of the 20th century in New York. photograph: buyenlarge/getty images

What is your favourite case?My favourite case is the landmark US Supreme Court case of Lochner v New York (1905), where a state law restricting the ho(...)

The Supreme Court: last year, it made judgments in 202 appeal cases, more than double the number of such cases heard in the US.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Supreme Court is creaking under the weight of a society whose demands are more onerous and more complex than when the institution was desig(...)

Not every country is debating same-sex marriage; it just sometimes feels that way. In the past two weeks alone, the issue has reached the United St(...)