Chief Justice Susan Denham: the weakening of her  role in appointments is one of the judges’  main concerns. Photograph: Frank Miller

Senior judges have sent an unprecedented letter to the Taoiseach outlining their concerns over the Government’s proposals to change the way judicial a(...)

 Jim O’Callaghan: “That is a deeply flawed piece of legislation, and it’s not just me that’s saying that”

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan says his party will repeal the forthcoming Judicial Appointments Commission Bill if it is elected to g(...)

One of the long-standing concerns of the society has been the low number of solicitors appointed to senior judicial posts. It is understood the society feels the system proposed by the department would help to address this. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The proposed shake-up of the system for appointing judges has split the two arms of the legal profession, with solicitors rowing in behind a controver(...)

Senator Michael McDowell has criticised the  Government’s lay majority on the proposed judicial appointments commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former tánaiste and minister for justice Senator Michael McDowell has claimed the Government’s lay majority on the proposed judicial appointments comm(...)

US attorney Dean Strang and Paul McGarry SC, chairman of the Bar of Ireland, at the launch of the Bar of Ireland’s 2017 Innocence Project scholarships at the Law Library, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Nearly all of us are criminals, according to US attorney Dean Strang, who appeared on the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer. Mr Strang was speaki(...)

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross. The Cabinet is to fast-track the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill due to Mr Ross’s position on the legislation. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Cabinet is to fast-track the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill this Dáil term. The heads of the Bill are expected to be completed by the end (...)

 Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan: says  that, of the proposed 12-member commission, only five would be from the judiciary. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is to introduce legislation setting up a new commission to appoint judges “at the earliest opportunity’’, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald (...)

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