A High Court hearing over a temporary injunction preventing RTÉ from reporting on Denis O’Brien’s banking affairs has been adjourned. Photograph: Reuters.

A High Court hearing over a temporary injunction preventing RTÉ from reporting on Denis O’Brien’s banking affairs has been adjourned. Lawyers for RTÉ (...)

As three judges and 17 lawyers pored over the finer points of constitutional law in recent days, the body of a brain-dead woman in her mid-20s lay quiet and still in a hospital’s intensive care unit. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

Her father had taken in every word, his eyes locked on the bench, as Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns’s voice filled the otherwise soundless courtroom. It w(...)

The Cabinet has selected judges Carroll Moran, Mary Faherty, Raymond Fullam and Carmel Stewart to fill four of the vacancies that will arise on the High Court when the Court of Appeal is formally established later this month. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Government has nominated four Circuit Court judges for appointment to the High Court. At today’s cabinet meeting, ministers selected judges Carrol(...)

Robert Heron, leaving the Anglo Irish Bank case at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

In the cast list of the Anglo trial, Robert Heron played an ambiguous role, regularly evoked but never seen. Early on in the 11-week tri(...)

Figures confirm that, overall, barristers’ fees have fallen sharply since the 
financial crisis struck. Photograph: Reuters

The State is by far the biggest buyer of barristers’ services. Every day of the week, it turns to the law library for legal advice and dispatches c(...)

 Judge Michael Reilly:  “The Irish Prison Service should, as a matter of urgency, examine its procedures with a view to defining a streamlined response to ensure compliance with best practice in scene preservation, bearing in mind the necessity to preserve life.”

The continuing influx of drugs into Irish prisons is a “major issue” and innovative ways of addressing it are urgently needed, the Inspector of Prison(...)

Máire Whelan was speaking at the launch of the Law Reform Commission’s fourth work programme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State needs to “inject systemic resilience and accountability” into its corporate criminal law and address the “strong public perception” that whi(...)

Mr Justice Henry Abbott: said he was “quite improperly” asked by a Circuit Court judge about a ruling in a long-running dispute between parents over custody of one of their children

A High Court judge has said there was “entirely improper interference” involving a politician and a judge in a family law case. In a judgment m(...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)

 Supreme Court judges at  an appeal by the State against a landmark decision in favour of Kathryn Sinnot and her son Jamie, who has autistm, in 2001. It was the first time seven Supreme Court judges had assembled to determine a constitutional issue. From left: Hugh Geoghegan, John Murray, Susan Denham, the then chief justice Ronan Keane, Frank Murphy, Adrian Hardiman and Nial Fennelly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It has played a key role in helping to shape modern Ireland but the Supreme Court was slow to find its voice. After the foundation of the State, the j(...)

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