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Court 1 in the Four Courts: Social distancing has changed everything. Photograph: Laura Hutton

For about a minute last Thursday the sound of cheesy 1990s dance music could be heard coming from Court 12 on the second floor of the Four Courts. “M(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke said the new measures will not allow a throughput of cases on the scale that operated prior to restrictions being put in place. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The High Court is to increase remote hearings as part of a new plan for court sittings published on Friday. The Courts Service and the judiciary publ(...)

Cian O’Carroll, the solicitor who acted for Vicky Phelan (both above). File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The coronavirus lockdown could serve as a catalyst for the introduction of long-overdue reforms in the court system, according to one of the State’s t(...)

The five-judge court’s decision in the Ruth Morrissey case will impact on other cervical cancer cases and the work of the Cervical Check tribunal. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Supreme Court has dismissed appeals by the HSE and two laboratories over key High Court findings concerning the proper “standard of approach” to b(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke: Ireland’s fines system has “broken down” because  laws introduced four years ago have no mechanism to ensure people turn up in court. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people not paying fines has trebled since new legislation was brought in to curb the numbers being jailed for non-payment. Newly obtai(...)

A new report from UCD focuses on the experiences of judges in criminal trials, including the role played by juries. But absent from the study is the voice of jurors themselves. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Type “jury duty” into a search engine and the list of related search terms includes “excuse letter template”, “holiday booked” and “payment” – suggest(...)

Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke. File photograph: Mary Browne

Virtual reality training, free Leapcards and the payment of expenses are among the measures which could be introduced to reform the jury system, accor(...)

Mr Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court, taking part in the march of 1,000 gowns on January 11th in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Omar Marques/ Getty Images

The Polish Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr Adam Bodnar, has thanked the Irish judiciary for sending a representative to the “march of 1,000 gowns” i(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke as he addresses the audience at The Irish Times Debate 2020. Photograph: John Ohle Photography

Laws aimed at cutting the numbers jailed for unpaid fines are “not working”, Chief Justice Mr Frank Clarke has warned. Speaking at The Irish Times De(...)

The Irish Times Debate 2020: Team champions Aislinn Carty and Eoghan Quinn of TCD Phil and individual winner Rachael Mullally of UCD Law. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Trinity College Dublin students Eoghan Quinn and Aislinn Carty were crowned team champions of the 60th Irish Times Debate competition at the event’s g(...)

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