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 Belgium’s former King Albert II  and his wife Queen Paola   in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

King Albert II, who abdicated from the Belgian throne six years ago, is to be fined €5,000 for every day that he refuses to undergo a DNA test to disp(...)

The court said even though the defendants took advantage of the woman’s drunken state to have forced sex, aggravating circumstances were not applicable because she had voluntarily consumed alcohol. File photograph: Getty Images

Italy’s top court has been widely condemned after it ruled that aggravated circumstances cannot be applied to a rape sentence if the victim voluntaril(...)

Charlie McCarthy pictured with his wife and children. File photograph: Facebook

A book of condolence has been opened for a Cork father-of-two who died after being attacked while out with his wife and a friend in Western Australia (...)

Charlie McCarthy pictured with his wife and children. File photograph: Facebook

A 34-year-old Australian is likely to face a manslaughter or murder charge following the death of an Irish father of two in an incident in Perth over (...)

Lawyers for Ian  Bailey have lodged an appeal  against a decision by a French magistrate to have him indicted for the voluntary homicide of   Sophie Toscan du Plantier (above) in Co Cork in December 1996.

Gardaí investigating the murder of French film producer, Sophie Toscan du Plantier were able to eliminate her former lover from their list of suspects(...)

Samsung group chief Jay Y Lee  arriving at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, in February. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Jay Y Lee has filed an appeal against the five-year jail term he was given for bribery and other charges through his(...)

Insurance Ireland’s office in Dublin, which was raided this week as part of an investigation by the European Commission into complaints about cartel-like behaviour. Photograph: Collins

Four insurance brokers whose offices in Ireland were raided as part of an European Commission investigation into concerns about breaches of EU antitru(...)

The girl was aged 15 at the time, but Judge John O’Connor held that her case was too serious to be heard in the juvenile court and must go forward to the Circuit Court. File photograph: Collins Courts

A teenage girl has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court after a Leaving Cert student was beaten and repeatedly stabbed by a gang. The 17-(...)

Outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan was nominated on Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

On Tuesday, the Government nominated the Attorney General, Máire Whelan, to the Court of Appeal to fill the vacancy on that court that existed since t(...)

The central focus should be to ensure our courts are presided over by skilled independent judges with the specialist legal knowledge, insight and common sense required. Photograph: Getty Images

In December 2013, as Minister for Justice, I initiated a public consultative process on reforming the judicial appointments system. Following receipt(...)

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