Minister for Transport Shane Ross had threatened to block any judicial appointments until the Bill was progressed. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The European Commission has expressed concern about the new legislation on judicial appointments, saying it is not in line with European standards. T(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke delivering a speech ahead of the new law term at the Four Courts last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new Chief Justice is concerned special interest groups, such as those on either side of the abortion debate, will attempt to influence the appoint(...)

High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Judicial independence is fundamental to a properly functioning democracy: it applies a brake to overweening governments; reassures citizens that their(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross who has proposed legislation on the reform of judicial appointments.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The row between the judiciary and Government over plans to change how judges are appointed continued on Monday with the Chief Justice and the presiden(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman  Jim O’Callaghan: said there was a pressing need for a judicial council to be established. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Association of Judges in Ireland (AJI) has called for the establishment of a judicial council following claims made against a member of the judici(...)

Mr Justice George Birmingham: “That recently appointed judges are being treated less favourably than other entrants to the public service is invidious.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Association of Judges of Ireland has suggested to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin that newly appointed judges are the subject of “(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly confers with Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness. Photograph: Frank Miller

The row between the Government and the judiciary appears to have abated this evening after a meeting between judges and the Attorney Gen(...)

Is the judges’ argument really with the people? – Voting in 2011 in  the Presidential election,the referedums on judges pay and Oireachtas inquiries at Scoil Mhuire, Lakelands, Sandymount, Dublin . Photograph: Frank Miller

To exaggerate a case in pleadings is a common enough tactic by barristers, although it can prove to be counterproductive before some judges. Mr(...)

It could do “great damage” to the State internationally if a message was given out that there was “ any political interference in the determination of court proceedings by our courts,” Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It could do “great damage” to the State internationally if a message was given out that there was “ any political interference in the determina(...)