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A total of 401 people have been sent forward for trial over alleged criminal breaches of Covid-19 regulations

A total of 401 people have been sent forward for trial to date over alleged criminal breaches of Covid-19 regulations while domestic violence cases ha(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee: a spokesman said she is ‘committed to finding suitable means to progress any necessary legislative changes as expeditiously as possible in order to respond to concerns that have been raised’.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has signalled her intention to pursue changes to legislation following a court ruling that bans the naming of a dec(...)

Mr Justice Tony Hunt: The “natural and ordinary meaning of the term ‘child’ does not encompass a deceased child or an adult”. Photograph: Collins Courts

A court ruling has highlighted the need for legislation to fix anomalies in the 2001 Children Act that prevents perpetrators of crimes against childre(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee at the publicatoin of an implementation plan on reforms to the criminal justice system as it affects  victims and vulnerable witnesses in sexual violence cases. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Victims occupy an ambiguous place in the criminal justice system; at best they are peripheral, at worst invisible. An adversarial structure that pits (...)

A working group commissioned by the Government to review how sex crimes are investigated and prosecuted in the Republic has left the court process largely intact. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Two years after the conclusion of the Belfast rape trial, a working group asked by the Government to review how sex crimes are investigated and prosec(...)

The report also recommends that suspects charged with sex crimes should not be named when their cases are before the courts unless and until they are convicted. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The legal definition of media must be expanded to include social media to ensure the identities of people involved in sex crime cases are protected, t(...)

Senior counsel and law lecturer Tom O’Malley was asked to carry out the study in August 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A report on the treatment of victims of sex crime which was commissioned in the aftermath of the 2018 Belfast rape trial is expected to be published i(...)

Harvey Weinstein.  Photograph:  Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images

Life will never again be the same for inmate no. 3102000153. Society may never be the same either. The trial of Harvey Weinstein – convicted on Monda(...)

A review of sexual offences laws by the Law Reform Commission will look at the age of consent.

The ways in which deception or pressure might negate consent are among the matters to be considered in a major review of sexual offences laws. The re(...)

Surveys show three-quarters of Irish people have not taken illegal drugs. Is that a sign of the success, or the failure, of drugs policy? Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire.

When it comes to narcotics, the only cliche more commonly used than “the war on drugs” is the one that says “the war on drugs has failed”. Surveys sh(...)

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