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(...)

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The absence of a statutory system for reprimanding judges probably means that Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe cannot be reprimanded without his consent, acco(...)

 Minister for Justice Helen McEntee informed the Justice Committee of the change to the personal injuries guidelines in a letter sent on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New rules to set out the level of damages the courts can award for personal injuries will be introduced three months earlier than planned, according t(...)

Supreme Court justice Seamus Woulfe: “I think it’s more damaging to the Supreme Court if they allow some sort of theoretical damage to the institution prevail over hounding a judge out of office for no valid reason.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Supreme Court justice Seamus Woulfe complained last month that he was not sure that fellow Supreme Court justices had not prejudged him over the Golfg(...)

Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe: The whole experience ‘has been excruciatingly embarrassing for him, and that’s really all it warrants, I think’ said one solicitor. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The echoes left by former chief justice Susan Denham’s report into Séamus Woulfe’s attendance at the so-called “Golfgate” dinner could be felt around (...)

The legitimacy of the Supreme Court, which has played such an important and valuable role in the development of the State, ultimately rests on public trust. That trust is hard-won and easily eroded. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Barring new revelations, the Seamus Woulfe affair will most likely stagger to a conclusion with whatever “informal resolution” the Supreme Court arriv(...)

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(...)

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe: report concludes resignation would be unjust. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

The report into the attendance of Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe at the Oireachtas golf dinner has expressed the view he did not break any law and (...)

The guidelines being prepared by the Judicial Council will eventually replace the Book of Quantum, which is produced by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

The Alliance for Insurance Reform has welcomed a new report from the Law Reform Commission about legislation that would put a cap on personal injury i(...)

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