Children are often used as pawns by parents fighting over maintenance payments. Photograph: iStock

When father-of-two David moved out of the family home, he agreed with his ex-wife to pay half the bills and the shopping for their young children. But(...)

Between 2006 and 2017, the number of claims awarded rocketed by 127 per cent and the value of these claims soared by 174 per cent

While it has been in the headlines of late, the issue of rising personal injury claims and their impact on insurance premiums – and thus on businesses(...)

An environmental group has been given leave to judicially review a decision by the Legal Aid Board to refuse to consider funding for their legal chall(...)

 Geoffrey Shannon, the State’s special rapporteur on child protection. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State has a “Rolls Royce system” for commercial law but when it comes to family law, there is “an impoverished system”, the special rapporteur on (...)

Barriers to justice damage the very fabric of society, “entrenching and exacerbating inequality”, President Michael D Higgins said this week at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

An effective legal system is a basic tenet of a functioning democracy, but no legal system can be effective unless every citizen has access to it. Tha(...)

Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin. The average fees paid to one of the top 10 earning solicitors’ firms, including VAT, came to €473,417 in 2018. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fees paid under the State’s criminal-legal aid system rose by more than 11.5 per cent last year, with almost €65 million paid out to solicitors and ba(...)

The Minister had applied to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal a decision of the Court of Appeal last June. Photograph: iStock

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform over a decision overturning the award of a contract (...)

Mr Justice Michael White (right) said governments had not delivered the necessary resources to vindicate the rights children accrued in the 2012 referendum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government must provide adequate funding and resources so that children’s constitutional rights to be heard in family law cases can be vindicated,(...)

Lucky Khambule from the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland at an anti-racist rally in Dublin in 2016. Mr Khambule says he has  noticed a rise in the number of people seeking assistance after receiving a deportation order during August.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

June has been the busiest month for deportations from Ireland so far this year with 20 people deported. In April 2018, 19 people were deported in Ap(...)

The Government must move to reduce legal aid payments and Garda overtime rates, a series of expenditure reports warn. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Policing operations and the justice system will come under significant pressure in the years ahead unless the Government moves to reduce legal aid pay(...)

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