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Judge Rosemary Horgan: the default principle was now “open justice”

Judges have raised concerns about media access to court documents following the relaxing of the in camera (in private) rule in family law cases, acco(...)

The Courts Service says a reform of the operations of Dublin District Court would  make the best use of the facilities available in the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Courts in Dún Laoghaire, Tallaght, Swords and Balbriggan would close under official proposals for an overhaul of Dublin’s District Courts. In what it (...)

Applications to the District Court made under domestic violence legislation increased from 10,652 in 2011 to 12,655 in 2012. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Applications to the courts for protection from domestic violence have risen by almost 20 per cent, according to figures releas(...)

The number of community service orders (CSOs) issued to convicted people instead of imprisonment has fallen i(...)

Insolvency Service of Ireland director Lorcan O’Connor. A spokesman for the service said the insolvency system involved a “100-day process”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Only 11 protection certificates for debt resolution arrangements have been issued by the courts since the Insolvency Service of Ireland opened for bus(...)

The ferry port, Dún Laoghaire. The town’s court house is seen as the most vulnerable to closure.

A review of District and Circuit Court services in the greater Dublin area could lead to the closure of some local courthouses.The Courts Service, whi(...)

A decision on the future of nine court venues in Cork, Offaly, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan and Wicklow will be made at a Courts Service board meeting thi(...)

Report finds many of country’s courts not fit for purpose.

A considerable number of court venues are not fit for purpose, a report on prioritising venues for closure released under the Freedom of Information A(...)

Carol Coulter and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald  at the launch of the Child Care Law Reporting Project  in December. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 5,000 children are in the care of the State, mostly on foot of orders made in the courts. Yet the public has, up to now, had no way o(...)

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