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Social media guidelines are being drafted by a committee made up of the presidents of all five court divisions including the chief justice Frank Clarke (above). Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Sharppix

Irish judges are to receive guidelines within the next three months on how to deal with social media during trials. The guidelines are being drafted (...)

A privacy provision relating to misconduct inquires against judges was inserted into a draft of the Judicial Council Bill after the then Chief Justice Susan Denham contacted the then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald (right) in 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government decided that proposed hearings into allegations of misconduct against judges should take place behind closed doors after being lobbied (...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham presented the annual report of the Courts Service for 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Procedures are needed so contempt of court laws can be used against those who disrupt court proceedings with social media, the Chief Justice Susan Den(...)

 Leo Varadkar with Huda Safaa Al-deen, her husband Zaid Mohammed and daughter Zainab, while visiting the  Islamic Culture Centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said both judges and politicians need to respect the separation of powers between the Oireachtas and the judiciary. “That(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly pictured in his chambers

The President of the High Court has strongly criticised the Government over its moves to reform how judges are appointed, describing the proposals as (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised over Dáil comments about former attorney general Máire Whelan. Photographs: The Irish Times

The country’s most senior judge has rebuked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over Dáil comments about former attorney gene(...)

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said a review of the appointments system started in 2014 had never been concluded.

The Government’s plan for changing how judges are appointed will do “long-term harm” to the administration of justice, a senior judge has said in the (...)

Minister for Heritage  Heather Humphreys picutred at a wreat laying ceremony on  Moore Street in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys was heckled by protesters during a ceremony at Moore Street in Dublin to commemorate the firing of the first s(...)

In defence of parliament

Article 15.13 of the Constitution provides that members of the Oireachtas “shall not, in respect of any utterance in either House, be amenable to any (...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham:  she said in in a divorce judgment  that  the people did not vote for a “clean break”-type divorce in the second referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It’s 20 years since Ireland voted for divorce. An Irish Times series, Divorced Ireland, explores the effects of that vote on Irish life, then (...)