Chief Justice Frank Clarke  at his office in the Four Courts before  his retirement. ‘People want judges to be immune from the human condition in some sense, but they want them to be grounded too, and judges can’t be both things at the same time.’   Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I had no great idea what I wanted to do, but I think I found the hole that suited the shape of my peg, as it were, by luck more than anything else(...)

In a submission to Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, IHREC  suggested  the number of judges on the proposed new body should be increased so they constitute at least half the commission. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Attorney General should not be a member of the proposed new Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission(...)

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee says the commission’s recommendations will be based on merit alone, but we are not told what are the criteria for merit or how they will be decided. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Nearly every attempt at changing the system for selecting judges has been a short-term response to an immediate political problem. The Judicial Appoi(...)

The new government intends to introduce a statutory offence of perjury, to make it easier to prosecute those who knowingly give false evidence.

The controversial Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017 is to be enacted within the first six months of the proposed new government, but with ame(...)

The process will closely follow the process used to appoint Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mr Justice Frank Clarke in 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

The process to appoint new presidents of the Circuit and District Courts has been initiated by the Government. It will be modelled on proposed refor(...)

Judicial Appointments Bill: the political incompetence on display this week means the Seanad will have to try to rectify the contradictions that have been inserted in it. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was fitting that the Dáil debate on the Judicial Appointments Bill turned into a complete farce this week when TDs voted to accept contradictory am(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is demanding that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill be progressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil is putting pressure on the Government to scrap the Bill championed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross to reform the way judges are appoi(...)

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross is  demanding that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill be progressed soon. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

A Bill championed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross to reform the way judges are appointed has become a “complete dog’s dinner”, the Attorney Gener(...)

The European Commission found that Ireland’s Judicial Appointments Bill did not conform to the standards Ireland signed up to in 2010, which specified that at least half the members of any judicial appointments body should be judges chosen by their peers. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government’s decision to go ahead with the appointment of three new judges, despite the opposition of Shane Ross and his Independent Alliance, was(...)

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(...)

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