Dr Laura Cahillane, of the University of Limerick said an opportunity to provide guidelines for the Oireachtas in dealing with a referral of alleged misconduct was missed when the Act was being prepared. Photograph: Getty

A new judicial misconduct complaints procedure due to come into operation later this year needs to be “more transparent”, the Irish Council for Civil (...)

A regime for dealing with complaints against the judiciary is expected to ‘go live’ some time in the first half of next year, the former Chief Justice Frank Clarke has said. Photograph: Alan Betson

A regime for dealing with complaints against the judiciary is expected to “go live” some time in the first half of next year, the former Chief Justice(...)

Enthusiasm for training is evident across the judiciary, with more than 70 per cent expressing a desire for it. Photograph: Frank Miller

When John O’Connor became a judge, first of the District Court, later the Circuit Court, there were no training courses available, bar an informal “sh(...)

President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in the Four Courts in 2015. Photograph: Collins

The decision of President Michael D Higgins to express concern about too many Bills being sent to his office for consideration prior to the summer rec(...)

This is the second time that a citizens’ assembly has debated what is commonly known a “woman’s place is in the home” clause. File photograph: Getty

There is “very little consensus” on what should replace the article in the Constitution about a woman’s place in the home, the Citizens’ Assembly has (...)

  Chief Justice Frank Clarke listening to Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe during a panel discussion at the Distillery Building in Dublin last year. File photograph: Alan Betson

The removal of a judge by the Oireachtas is more a political than a legal act, according to an expert on constitutional law. It is for this reason th(...)

If judges were putting pressure on a colleague to resign it would raise questions about judicial independence, according to a legal academic who spec(...)

All of the meetings scheduled to date have not gone ahead because Mr Justice Woulfe was not in a position to attend or had sought a deferral. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There is currently no plan for a meeting between the Chief Justice and Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe, after one scheduled for Thursday was cancell(...)

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The absence of a statutory system for reprimanding judges probably means that Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe cannot be reprimanded without his consent, acco(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke after members of the Supreme Court and the board of the Judicial Council met ahead of the publication of the Denham report into the attendance of Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe at an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Galway in August. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The controversy surrounding the attendance of Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe at the Oireachtas golf dinner has brought into sharp focus the serious(...)

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