‘If judges are taken off the pitch, it could have problems for the practical administration of justice.’ Photograph: Nicolas Nadjar

Judges facing claims of misconduct will have hearings of complaints made against them held in public, under changes being introduced by the Government(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Michael D’Arcy  chairs the Cost of Insurance Working Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

A national database tracking insurance claims is unlikely to be established until next year, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. The database is desig(...)

The bill ‘will remove the risk of political patronage’, says Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s long stalled proposals to reform the way judges are appointed are set to be finally passed through the Dáil follow(...)

Charlie Flanagan: insisted the Government was still committed to passing the judicial appointments legislation by the summer

Minister for Transport Shane Ross approached Sinn Féin last week to express support for the party’s initiative on a system of sentencing guidelines f(...)

Charlie Flanagan: he said he was not opposed to the principle outlined by Sinn Féin

Legislation championed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross to reform the way judges are appointed is in peril after Sinn Féin threatened to pull its (...)

Chief Justice Frank Clark at NUI Galway. Photograph: Aengus McMahon/NUIG

The “art of judging” could be improved by dividing the country into regions to allow judges in lower courts to specialise, Chief Justice Frank Clarke (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said a “recent high profile case has brought the Judiciary into disrepute”. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The public does not trust judges to deliver appropriate punishments for sexual crimes, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has claimed in the Dá(...)

Former chief justice Susan Denham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the judiciary unsuccessfully lobbied the government to pay the legal costs of judges who are investigated for misconduct. The request, whi(...)

A privacy provision relating to misconduct inquires against judges was inserted into a draft of the Judicial Council Bill after the then Chief Justice Susan Denham contacted the then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald (right) in 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government decided that proposed hearings into allegations of misconduct against judges should take place behind closed doors after being lobbied (...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “One of the great flaws in the appointment of judges in the past has been that politicians have been far too involved in it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said that a number of judicial appointments made by the Government last week were necessary because the courts (...)

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