John Gillen

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Sir John Gillen said lengthy interviews with victims of serious sexual crimes hugely enhanced his knowledge of the situation. Photograph: Aaron McCracken

Sir John Gillen spent 29 years as a barrister and 18 years as a senior judge in Northern Ireland and over that long period was involved in many rape c(...)

Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape “but their names are mud,” NUI Galway law lecturer Dr Conor Hanly said. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The law on the anonymity of defendants and complainants in rape trials in the Republic works well and should be retained, according to a leading acade(...)

“Helpline calls and the needs of women are becoming more and more complex as the years pass.” Photograph: iStock

Women’s Aid refuges in Northern Ireland became the first home for 10 newborn babies last year, according to its annual report. The report, which is d(...)

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of the charges

Eight months after Irish international rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape in a Belfast court, their trial evidence h(...)

A woman stops to photograph a mural showing pictures of underwear with the slogan ‘Not Asking For It’ in a street in Dublin last week as a protest after a defence lawyer showed a 17-year-old girl’s thong in court. Photograph: Paul Faith/ AFP/Getty Images

Rape is one of the most serious offences in the criminal code and one of the worst imaginable violations of human dignity. In spite of gross under-rep(...)

 Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan  said he hoped to have the  recommendations back by the end of the year or early next year. Photograph: Liam McBurney/ PAWire

The anonymity of defendants in rape trials will be examined by criminal justice expert Prof Tom O’Malley in his examination of how rape trials are con(...)

Leona O’Callaghan (37) speaks to the media outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

The director of Dublin’s Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell, says there needs to be a change in legislation and in public attitudes towards rape. (...)

Former Ulster and Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson outside Belfast Crown Court after being found not guilty of rape and sexual assault . Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The public should be excluded from rape trials in Northern Ireland, retired senior judge Sir John Gillen has recommended in his preliminary review of (...)

People taking part in a protest in Dublin, in support of the woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial after its conclusion. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Retired Court of Appeal judge Sir John Gillen has recommended that defendants in rape cases in Northern Ireland should be named once charged. While d(...)

Report found it was sometimes taking the Public Prosecution Service more than a year to decide whether to proceed with a charge, a time-frame described as ‘simply unacceptable’.

Northern Ireland’s criminal justice system is failing victims of sexual violence and abuse crimes time and time again, inspectors have warned. Faced (...)

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