When Mr Justice  Peter Kelly of the High Court came in for public criticism after private remarks he made about the Government eroding judicial independence became public, Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman gave a strongly-worded defence of Kelly’s position. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The tense public standoff between judges and politicians over judicial pay and conditions may have abated, but the issue remains deeply sensitive and (...)

Mrs Justice Susan Denham, who has been Chief Justice since 2011, dissented in six cases. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Put a group of experienced judges with strong views, formidable advocacy skills and a lifetime of accumulated prejudices into a room. Ask them to make(...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)

Susan Denham, Chief Justice since 2011, dissented in six cases during the five years covered by the study. Photograph: Pat Langan

Supreme Court judges disagreed among themselves on one in five constitutional cases over the past five years.An analysis by The Irish Times of all jud(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney
One court. Eight voices

Susan DenhamChief Justice Susan Denham became the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1992, just a year after she was ma(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney

Thousands of protesters were on the streets of Dublin, demonstrations were taking place at Irish embassies abroad, and newspapers around the world wer(...)

Mr Justice John Quirke,  President of the Law Reform Commission, and Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, at the launch of the Law Reform Commission Report on Jury Service in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s not every week we see judges and the Minister for Justice involved in a public standoff, but tensions that rose to the surface so spectacu(...)

Judicial pay What the judges say The Associatio(...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, speaking at the launch of the Law Reform Commission Report on Jury Service.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The row between the Government and the judiciary escalated last night when judges expressed concern that their independence wa(...)

The study by the Law Reform Commission recommends 
that 
the blanket excusal for many professionals and public servants be scrapped and replaced by individual excusal “for good cause”.

The study by the Law Reform Commission also recommends the blanket excusal for many professionals and public servants be scrapped and re(...)

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