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 The Supreme Court sitting last month: judges are wary of setting down principles, based on single, potentially unrepresentative cases. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Judges tend to be gentle in their criticism of politicians. When they do let their disapproval show, the admonishment tends to be couched in such poli(...)

Legal practice is trying desperately to keep up with changing technology. This is especially true in the area of legal discovery – so much so that th(...)

It may pass largely unnoticed, stirring the passions of only the most ardent followers of arcane constitutional protocol, but tomorrow someone in Gove(...)

 Gerry McCaughey: his  Century Homes company was taken over by Kingspan.

Century Homes founder Gerard McCaughey is entitled to a full hearing of his claim he is not yet liable to repay a loan advanced to him by Anglo Irish (...)

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed a bid by John Gilligan and his family for public funding for a forensic accountants report for use in marathon litigation aimed at reversing the seizure of their properties by the Criminal Assets Bureau. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed a bid by John Gilligan and his family for public funding for a forensic accountants report for use in mara(...)

Bids from a subsidiary of Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp and Midland Web Printing Ltd, were made for Buzreel Ltd, in liquidation, at just before 4pm.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien, Ireland’s largest owner of private media assets, made a successful bid yesterday for the company that publishes Buy and Sell, in a proc(...)

Passing sentence: One barrister questioned how much “digging” they were to do into submissions made in mitigation, such as claims of drug abuse or difficult childhoods.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed its lawyers to give sentencing guidance to judges only in limited circumstances.The directive c(...)

A different beat: from now on suspects detained at a Garda station are entitled to have solicitors present during their periods of questioning. photograph: brenda fitzsimons

Without any public announcement, the most significant change in criminal justice procedure in the past 30 years took place on May 7th. It took the for(...)

Mr Justice Frank Clarke: “careful consideration”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Supreme Court judge recently expressed concern at some of the ways foreign jurisprudence is relied upon in argument before the Irish courts.In an ad(...)

John Gilligan, who was not in court, was released from prison last year after serving 17 years for drug dealing. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on applications by John Gilligan and his wife Geraldine for legal aid to cover the costs of a forensic account(...)

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