Former chief justice Susan Denham reported on the conduct of Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe in the absence of the Judicial Council’s  powers. Photograph:

Long-awaited procedures to deal with the behaviour and ethics of judges may not become operational for another nine months, according to the Departmen(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at the Convention Centre Dublin: the seats are built for the comfort of theatre audiences, not for taoisigh hopping up and down to answer questions. Photograph: Maxwells

Micheál Martin prides himself on being fit as a FFlea. But he is having great difficulty managing the swing-up seats in the Convention Centre. Their (...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke after members of the Supreme Court and the board of the Judicial Council met ahead of the publication of the Denham report into the attendance of Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe at an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Galway in August. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The controversy surrounding the attendance of Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe at the Oireachtas golf dinner has brought into sharp focus the serious(...)

Susan Denham said in her report that if there had been an introductory programme for newly appointed judges and  guidelines in place at the time of the  dinner, they would have ‘greatly assisted’ Seamus Woulfe in deciding whether to attend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A code of judicial conduct and judicial ethical guidelines should be introduced “as a matter of urgency,” the former Chief Justice Susan Denham has re(...)

Séamus Woulfe:  His  conduct  is in question over his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Elected officials cannot make a finding of misbehaviour against a Supreme Court judge because of the constitutionally protected separation of powers b(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at a ceremony signing the order for the Commencement of the Judicial Council Act in the same room in which the 1937 Constitution was handed over to the Supreme Court at the Four Courts. Photograph: Alan Betson

The idea for a Judicial Council dates from the political equivalent of the Cretaceous period. In 1999, in the aftermath of the resignations of then Su(...)

Former chief justice Susan Denham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the judiciary unsuccessfully lobbied the government to pay the legal costs of judges who are investigated for misconduct. The request, whi(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: He said on Monday  that a register of interests was necessary for judges as they might “forget” their constitutional oath to hear cases impartially.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

New laws covering the appointment and conduct of judges have been delayed amid disagreement between Fine Gael and Independent Alliance Minister Shane (...)