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# judiciary - Friday 26 June, 2020

'He's not a godlike creature': Bríd Smith TD defends criticism of 'sinister and personalised' attack on judge

The People Before Profit TD claimed in a Facebook post a High Court decision was made by a ‘right wing’ judge.

# judiciary - Sunday 17 February, 2019

Abuse survivor says legal profession should 'bring their morals as well as law books into courtrooms'

Leona O’Callaghan said the government and judiciary needs to stop pointing at each other and step up to make changes.

# judiciary - Sunday 24 June, 2018

Calls for 'nuance' after judge suggests reform of the law around jailing elderly people

A High Court judge called for the Irish Penal Reform Trust to take a look at the matter.

# judiciary - Wednesday 26 July, 2017

Ireland has appointed a new top judge

Mr Justice Frank Clarke will take over from the retiring Chief Justice Susan Denham next month.

# judiciary - Monday 26 June, 2017

Judges say new appointments bill is 'seriously flawed'

Senior judges have written to Leo Varadkar over the “serious implications” the legislative changes could have.

# judiciary - Monday 19 June, 2017

Máire Whelan officially appointed to the Court of Appeal

President Higgins made the appointment official at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin this morning.

# judiciary - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

Kevin Mallon set to follow Pat Hickey and return home to Ireland

Mallon was arrested on the eve of the Olympic Games.

# judiciary - Tuesday 6 December, 2016

Shane Ross offers a weak apology for saying judges live a 'charmed life'

He went on to say “I know it’s very difficult to change things… They’re very powerful people who don’t like things being moved”.

# judiciary - Monday 26 September, 2016

Ireland's top judge is worried about the country's reputation

It’s all down to the lack of a judicial council.

# judiciary - Wednesday 11 November, 2015

Judge under fire for asking sexual assault victim "Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?"

Judge Robin Camp has apologised for comments such as “For a person who didn’t want have sex, she spends a long time in the shower with the accused…”

# judiciary - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

In Ireland, a man can actually confess to rape and still serve no time in prison

Yesterday Magnus Meyer Hustveit walked free from court after admitting that he had repeatedly raped his former girlfriend when she was unconscious.

# judiciary - Thursday 16 October, 2014

Judges claim €1.67 million in expenses - But who cost the most?

One judge cost the state €45,222 in expenses.

# judiciary - Monday 6 October, 2014

Ireland's judges are struggling to 'maintain services to which people have a right'

Ireland has the lowest number of judges per capita in Europe.

# judiciary - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

The High Court has two new judges, both women

Another male judge has been nominated for a vacancy that arises in the High Court later this year.

# judiciary - Sunday 22 June, 2014

"It's common sense, you don't interfere with the judiciary"

Government and opposition TDs agree that the judiciary should be free of political influence.

# judiciary - Friday 30 May, 2014

Opinion: Would stricter guidelines for trial judges encourage more consistent sentencing?

The current Anthony Lyons case has highlighted the problem of uniformity regarding criminal sanctions. Is there a way to improve consistency and fairness of sentencing?

# judiciary - Friday 21 February, 2014

Dáil to debate plan to take senior Garda and judicial appointments from government

Independent TD Shane Ross says that “the system is rotten”.

# judiciary - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Judges want to change how judges are appointed

A committee of judges say that the changes are necessary to maintain the impartiality of the judiciary.

# judiciary - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Column: Is the Seanad referendum also about giving the judiciary greater protection from sanction?

We have been led to believe that the Referendum is about the abolition of the Seanad – but does it also aim to give additional protection from sanction to our judiciary? asks Gerry Fahey.

# judiciary - Monday 29 April, 2013

Gardaí 'should be treated like judges' in pay talks

The Garda Representative Association sees the situation of rank and file gardaí as similar to that of judges.

# judiciary - Friday 19 April, 2013

Column: Judges and ministers public spat will achieve nothing, but reform is needed

Tensions are high this week between the judicial and executive branches of government, writes Roderic O’Gorman, who says if we want a truly independent judiciary, we must be prepared to undertake radical reform.

# judiciary - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

Judges happy that their concerns are 'fully understood'

A row between the judiciary and the government seems to have fizzled out today with two separate developments.

Chief Justice: 'There are currently issues of serious concern' Row

Chief Justice: 'There are currently issues of serious concern'

A forum for discussion about matters of “mutual concern” to the judiciary and government has been established, on the request of Susan Denham.

# judiciary - Monday 15 April, 2013

Shatter row: Judges' group outlines concerns for judiciary independence Row

Shatter row: Judges' group outlines concerns for judiciary independence

The Association of Judges of Ireland says there are a number of current matters that have implications for judicial independence.

# judiciary - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

Report looks at 'individualised and discretionary nature' of Irish sentencing

The ISIS report examined the outcomes in 42 cases of manslaughter between 2007 and 2012.

# judiciary - Saturday 2 February, 2013

Sinn Féin publishes bill to end 'political appointment' of judges

The Bill seeks to reform the way in which individuals are selected for appointments to the judiciary by the Judicial Appointments Board.

# judiciary - Friday 25 January, 2013

Traveller group expresses 'deep concern' over judge comments

The Irish Traveller Movement said the reported comments by a District Court judge were “inflammatory and derogatory”.

# judiciary - Saturday 12 January, 2013

Commission: Legal services are still too expensive in Ireland

Ireland’s bailout partners also want a more efficient judicial system.

# judiciary - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Column: Heather Perrin’s conviction exposes flaws in the system

The system by which Ireland appoints its judges is now under scrutiny, writes Sarah McCabe – so how does it hold up?

# judiciary - Saturday 29 September, 2012

State paid judges €27 million in 2011

This figure is likely to be significantly lower in 2012 after the results of last year’s referendum on judges’ pay.

# judiciary - Saturday 26 May, 2012

Column: When is jailing a fraudster no cause to celebrate? When it’s in Ireland.

Our judicial system is selective and incoherent – and judges are so pampered they can’t even open doors for themselves, writes Aaron McKenna.

# judiciary - Sunday 13 May, 2012

Chief Justice launches report calling for independent judicial appointments

Court appointments should be independent, says a report by the European judges’ association launched by Justice Susan Denham.

# judiciary - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Hungary asks EU to explain legal threats over new constitution

While it continues preliminary talks on an EU-IMF bailout, the EU has also threatened legal action over Hungary’s new laws.

# judiciary - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Bill to cut judges' pay rubber-stamped by TDs

The bill, which emerged from last month’s referendum, was passed in the Dáil last night.

# judiciary - Saturday 15 October, 2011

What are the two referendums about? Your guide to the 27 October ballot

Two referendums are being voted on alongside the Dublin West by-election and the Presidential election: one concerns judges’ pay and the other concerns giving powers of inquiry to the Oireachtas.

# judiciary - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Government to block "bizarre proposal" restricting lobbying of judges

The government is to vote against John Crown’s bill which would require TDs and Senators to declare any contact with judges.

# judiciary - Wednesday 17 August, 2011

Du Plantier judge could be handed Ian Bailey's personal diaries

Mr Bailey describes how he “tried to kill” his girlfriend in notes requested by the judge probing the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

# judiciary - Wednesday 22 June, 2011

Government lowers pay ceilings for semi-state chief executives

But the State’s next round of public CEOs will still earn as much as the next President, and more than the Taoiseach.

# judiciary - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

Chief Justice discusses pension concerns with taoiseach

The Chief Justice John Murray has met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and voiced concerns about the impact a new cap on public sector pension funds might have on judges’ retirements.

# judiciary - Thursday 6 January, 2011

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