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Supreme Court to consider whether consent is a defence in prosecution for assault causing harm

Supreme Court to consider whether consent is a defence in prosecution for assault causing harm

The Supreme Court is set to consider the issue of consent and its application as a defence in a prosecution for assault causing harm. The court granted an application from Gerard Brown for leave to appeal a judgment from the Court of Appeal, which upheld his conviction in Portlaoise Circuit Criminal Court for assaulting Stephen Cooper […]

Inspection reveals continuing concerns for vulnerable Maghaberry prisoners

Inspection reveals continuing concerns for vulnerable Maghaberry prisoners

There continue to be concerns about vulnerable prisoners at Maghaberry Prison, despite the leadership’s “real desire” to deal with its issues. A small team of inspectors made an unannounced visit in April to review progress since the last full inspection. Inspectors visiting the prison in May 2015 had reported a prison in crisis, with serious […]

Irish motorists continuing to use their mobile phones in spite of fines

Irish motorists continuing to use their mobile phones in spite of fines

Irish motorists are using their mobile phones while driving in spite of tens of thousands of fines and penalty points, The Irish Times reports. The number of fixed-notice penalties issued for driving while using a mobile has remained consistent at around 28,000 cases per year. Figures released by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan this week show […]

HOMS Solicitors trainee wins Law Society litigation prize

HOMS Solicitors trainee wins Law Society litigation prize

HOMS Solicitors has congratulated one of its trainees on winning the Law Society Litigation Prize. Rachel Lafferty achieved the highest mark in litigation on the Law Society of Ireland’s Professional Practice Course Part 1 2016/2017. She has completed training seats in the firm’s Limerick office and is now based in Dublin, where she will complete […]

UK ministers consider ombudsman for online hate crimes

UK ministers consider ombudsman for online hate crimes

UK government ministers are considering the creation of an internet ombudsman to deal with hate crime complaints. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking at a proposed internet ombudsman who would deal with complaints over illegal online content, including violent and abusive threats made on social media. The initiative comes on […]

In pictures: A&L Goodbody welcomes summer interns

In pictures: A&L Goodbody welcomes summer interns

A&L Goodbody has welcomed this year’s final group of summer interns, who will be working in its Dublin office for the next four weeks. The all-island firm welcomes future lawyers to four-week paid internships during June, July, August and September each year.

Heterosexual couple to go to Supreme Court over bid for civil partnership

Heterosexual couple to go to Supreme Court over bid for civil partnership

A heterosexual couple who have so far failed in their legal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage have won permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court. London-based Rebecca Steinfeld, 36, and Charles Keidan, 40, lost at the Court of Appeal in February following a ruling that they could not enter […]

Shane Ross: Judicial opponents to appointments reform are ‘vested interests’

Shane Ross: Judicial opponents to appointments reform are ‘vested interests’

The Independent TD and Government minister who has led calls for reform of judicial appointments in Ireland has said the hostility of judges to his proposals is understandable. Responding to a letter published by The Irish Times, in which Ireland’s most senior judges criticised the Government’s planned reforms, Shane Ross said: “Vested interests rarely if […]

New practice directions to clarify role of McKenzie friends

New practice directions will be issued by the presidents of the Court of Appeal and High Court to clarify the role of a non-legal person assisting a lay litigant, The Irish Times reports. The new directions, to be introduced from Sunday 1 October, will tighten up rules around so-called “McKenzie friends”. It is hoped the […]

Tenants win compensation after landlord discriminates on housing assistance ground

Tenants win compensation after landlord discriminates on housing assistance ground

Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling that three tenants had been discriminated against by their landlord when the landlord refused to facilitate their access to the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). The Equal Status Acts were expanded from January 2016 to prohibit discrimination in the provision of accommodation based on […]