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Applicants in Cork, Carrick-on-Shannon, Cavan, Ennis, Longford, Portlaoise and Wicklow waited up to 24 weeks. In Dublin, Sligo and Galway the delay was up to three months long

Divorcing and separating couples in Wexford, Tullamore and Dundalk waited up to 52 weeks, the longest in the country last year, before their ready-to-(...)

Smithfield Square (above), “a large urban public space and park”, and two other smaller squares for public use are only “yards away” from the Hammond Lane site. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A plan to rezone land in Dublin city centre could threaten the future of the planned family court complex on Hammond Lane, it has emerged. Proposals(...)

The lives of couples seeking a divorce or separation are being “put on hold” by court delays, a leading family law solicitor has said. There is a c(...)

The majority of the divorce and separation proceedings taken last year were taken by women, new figures from the Courts Service show. In relation to (...)

Of the almost 700,000 criminal, civil and family law matters, more than 436,471 related to crime

The Courts Service dealt with 685,000 matters during 2015, with the figures showing a drop in drink driving cases and an increase in divorce. There w(...)

Dolphin House, East Essex Street,  which houses the family court.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Lawyers working in family law have raised concerns about plans to move child-protection cases from Dolphin House in Dublin to the Chancery Street Cour(...)

The Minister for Justice  brought a number of powers included in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 into force this week, including one that will give single parents greater rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Major changes to Ireland’s family law rules will mean some cases will take significantly longer to handle and will require more children to come befor(...)

Court fines may be paid in instalments through post offices across the country under a new system that is due to begin on Friday

Court fines may be paid in instalments through post offices across the country under a new system that is due to begin on Friday. Fines can already (...)

Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham and  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: they were well aware of the OPW stance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham pushed for Supreme Court accommodation to be included in a proposed new family and children’s court complex in(...)

In its first full year operating under new rules, the Supreme Court received 88 new applications for leave-to-appeal and dealt with 38 of the cases, rejecting 26.

The Supreme Court granted permission for 12 new cases to be appealed before it in 2015, rejecting more than two out of every three leave-to-appeal app(...)

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