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  Chief Justice Frank Clarke.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Only “bona fide journalists” and lawyers may report, message or tweet live from court cases, the Chief Justice has directed. The new practice directi(...)

 President Michael D Higgins at the beginning of the presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwells

A happy event. A bit like fitting the nation with replacement windows to keep out the draught for another seven years. On this occasion, all done und(...)

Michael D Higgins is inaugurated for his second term as President, at St Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dedicating himself to the building of “a real and beautiful Republic of inclusivity, creativity, imagination, love and indeed joy”, Michael D Higgins (...)

A ceremony has taken place to remember the members of the Bar who were killed in the first World War. One in five Irish barristers who signed up to (...)

Judge Rosemary Horgan, president of the District Court, and Judge Raymond Groarke, president of the Circuit Court, are due to step down in 2019 as their seven-year terms come to an end. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government should “demystify a system cloaked in opacity” and use a transparent process for filling two judicial posts due to become vacant next y(...)

The Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, said the Supreme Court could not see any risk that  rights which Thomas O’Connor may have will not be fully respected if surrenders to the UK.

A significant European court judgment that extradition to the UK should not be refused on Brexit grounds has effectively decided an Irishman’s separat(...)

EU Court of Justice has ruled that the notification of intention to withdraw from the EU does not have the effect of suspending the application of EU law in that member state.  Photograph: PA

The Supreme Court will decide next week whether an Irishman has effectively lost his battle to prevent his extradition to the UK on the basis of Brexi(...)

The Supreme Court said the appeal raises issues about the wardship system.

The Supreme Court will urgently hear an important appeal against a finding that an elderly woman with dementia, previously prevented by a hospital fro(...)

There has been progress in modernising the courts system in recent years, and some important milestones were noted by Chief Justice Frank Clarke in his annual start-of-term statement this week.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Change comes slowly in the legal system. A culture of deference, rigid hierarchies, institutional conservatism, entrenched interest groups and a legac(...)

Mr Justice Frank Clarke warned the ‘devil is very much in the detail’ in any  proposals for guidelines on personal injury awards. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Overly rigid guidelines for judges in personal injury cases are just as likely to “lead to injustice” as to improve things, Chief Justice Frank Clarke(...)

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