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The number of new cases for all courts during 2020 was 162,980, a significant fall on the 232,958 new cases in 2019, according to the latest annual report from the Courts Service.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to a significant reduction in the number of cases heard by the courts last year, though repossessions, employment cases, di(...)

Jury trials may resume before the end of March in a bid to clear a backlog which is causing rape and murder cases to be adjourned for up to two years.(...)

The new court facility at Croke Park will allow for three courts to sit, and it is planned to provide up to 200 court sitting days during the three-month  agreement. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/©INPHO

Croke Park is to be used for holding criminal trials during the first three months of 2021, in a deal with the GAA worth €437,000. Conference facilit(...)

My partner’s brothers and sisters sold their  dead sister’s house for €190,000. He got nothing.

When my partner’s parents died a good few years ago, they left the house to his sister who had been paralysed as a result of a car accident. She neve(...)

Service managers  are seeing an increase in severity of violence, reporting that women coming forward are increasingly the victims of vicious and violent physical attacks. Photograph: iStock

Calls to family support helplines surged after news broke on a Sunday night in October that an escalation to Level 5 of Living with Covid-19 was being(...)

The Bar Council recognised that devils’ attendance at court had been ‘significantly impacted’ by the pandemic. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Apprentice barristers are missing out on vital work experience as many cannot attend court due to Covid-19 restrictions. Under Courts Service regulat(...)

The new probate process aims to make things simpler, removing common errors to speed up processing times. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Probate is the first step in sorting out who gets what after a death, and the process is changing. Starting this month, Revenue wants to know a whole (...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke said last year ‘seems like a different time’ and will serve as a benchmark for how the courts operated before the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There was a large increase in the severity of rape sentences handed down last year, with 63 per cent of convicted rapists receiving a sentence of more(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee arrives at Dublin Castle for a Cabinet meeting on  Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Witnesses will no longer be required to swear before God or make an affirmation when filing affidavits under proposals agreed by Cabinet on Tuesday. (...)

A courtroom in the Criminal Courts of Justice complex in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

The backlog of criminal trials in the Circuit Court due to the coronavirus crisis now equals about half the number of cases that would be heard in an (...)

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