Calibrating the way in which we convert injuries to sums of money or offences to terms of imprisonment is crucial to broad acceptance of what happens in our courts. Photograph: Collins Courts

Predictions are risky. If they come true, they are rarely remembered unless they were quite radical. If they are within your own field and turn out to(...)

Quaid had pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence during the trial. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A full appeal has been lodged by the legal team of Conor Quaid, the 26-year-old Dingle man convicted and jailed for the rape of a female as she slept (...)

 Minister for Justice Helen McEntee informed the Justice Committee of the change to the personal injuries guidelines in a letter sent on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New rules to set out the level of damages the courts can award for personal injuries will be introduced three months earlier than planned, according t(...)

The Women’s March in Los Angeles on  January 19th, 2019: the view is taking hold among defence lawyers that #MeToo is something which should be raised with a jury.  Photograph: Jessica Pons/New York Times

The legal system in Ireland tends to operate on a different timescale to the rest of society. Cultural changes, particularly attitudes towards women, (...)

‘From scene preservation, to witness statements, to final report, there was an unthinkable emphasis on the robbery to the almost exclusion of the shooting,’ Mary Rose Gearty SC said, of the Garda inquiry into the Ronan MacLochlainn case.

There was a “sinister” attempt by gardaí to ignore and cover up the assault of a suspect by an officer following an armed raid, an inquiry has found. (...)

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service has ordered a review of all outstanding rape and sexual assault cases to check if disclosure rules were followed

The Irish justice system faces a “time-bomb” that could lead to the collapse of major trials unless the system for disclosure in criminal cases is ref(...)

A 56-year-old man has been jailed for two and a half years for sexually exploiting a 16-year-old boy with autism by performing a sex act on him in the(...)

There are fears that the prospect of being asked very  personal questions in a court is discouraging some victims of sexual abuse from coming forward. File photograph: Getty Images

Large numbers of rape victims are being questioned about their sexual history in court, even when it has nothing to do with their allegations, figures(...)

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown, Netflix’s lavish new regal drama

“That is sexual assault,” a journalist told Donald Trump, calmly and carefully, during the second US Presidential debate. “Do you understand that?” A(...)

Author Louise O’Neill in RTÉ documentary Asking for It

“That is sexual assault,” a journalist told Donald Trump, calmly and carefully, during the second US Presidential debate. “Do you understand that?” As(...)

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