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Bar chairman calls for investment in ‘underfunded’ judiciary

Bar chairman calls for investment in ‘underfunded’ judiciary

Paul McGarry, chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, has called for investment in Ireland’s underfunded judiciary, RTÉ News reports. Mr McGarry, making his address at the Bar Council’s annual chairman’s dinner, reportedly drew attention to the fact Ireland has the lowest number of judges per capita of any OECD country. He said […]

Northern Ireland solicitors join EU e-Justice portal

Northern Ireland solicitors join EU e-Justice portal

The European public can now easily look up lawyers in Northern Ireland through the European Commission’s e-Justice portal, the Law Society of Northern Ireland has announced. The EU’s Find a Lawyer search engine, which is administered by the European Commission, links up electronic lawyer directories to allow users to search for lawyers in specific jurisdictions. […]

New bail law approved by Oireachtas

New bail law approved by Oireachtas

Legislation providing increase guidance for the courts and greater transparency in the bail process has been approved by the Oireachtas. The Criminal Justice Bill 2016 completed its final legislative stages yesterday. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said it would “strengthen the powers of the Courts, and of the Gardaí, in dealing with persistent serious offenders and […]

Law Society of Ireland names Justice Media Awards winners

Law Society of Ireland names Justice Media Awards winners

The Law Society of Ireland has named the winners of this year’s Justice Media Awards, the longest-running media awards in Ireland. A three-person team from RTE’s Nationwide took the overall award for a feature highlighting the Access Programme and Street Law. Around 120 leading journalists attended the awards ceremony in the historic Presidents’ Hall at […]

Amnesty calls for review of Northern Ireland hate crime laws

Amnesty calls for review of Northern Ireland hate crime laws

Amnesty International has called for a review of Northern Ireland’s hate crime laws, with the aim of bringing them in line with Britain’s. Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director at Amnesty International, urged Stormont to follow the lead of the Scottish Government in establishing a “comprehensive independent review of hate crime legislation to consider scope […]

Matheson partner named Best in Investment Funds

Matheson partner named Best in Investment Funds

Tara Doyle, Matheson’s head of asset management and investment funds, has been named Best in Investment Funds at the Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2017. Ms Doyle, who also chairs the Irish Funds Industry Association, wins the award for a consecutive year and is the only Irish lawyer ever to win the […]

O’Flynn Exhams brings the moon to Cork

O’Flynn Exhams brings the moon to Cork

Staff at O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors visited Museum of the Moon on the first day of its installation in Cork Institute of Technology. The Cork-based firm sponsored the giant moon installation, which opened for free public viewing as part of Cork Midsummer Festival on Wednesday morning and remains in situ until 8.30pm tonight. The internationally-toured work […]

Justice Minister defends Máire Whelan’s appointment to the bench

Justice Minister defends Máire Whelan’s appointment to the bench

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan mounted a robust defence of Máire Whelan’s appointment to the Court of Appeal as a row over her appointment came to a head. Mr Flanagan told the Dáil he was “satisfied that all necessary procedures regarding judicial appointment have been followed in this instance”. He added: “I am also satisfied that […]

Scepticism over business association plea for perjury law

Scepticism over business association plea for perjury law

Claims that a statutory offence of perjury will reduce fraudulent claims in the courts have been met with scepticism by members of the legal community. Ciaran Murtagh, chair of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME), claimed Irish law “facilitates the rip-off of Irish businesses and Irish motorists through false and exaggerated claims”. But […]

High Court president calls for law addressing lifetime care needs of catastrophically injured

High Court president calls for law addressing lifetime care needs of catastrophically injured

Mr Justice Peter Kelly, president of the High Court, has criticised the absence of legislation addressing the lifetime care needs of the catastrophically injured, The Irish Times reports. Mr Justice Kelly said the failure of the Oireachtas to legislate on the issue had led to a “procession of misery” in the Irish courts. His comments […]