Law Reform Commission

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Mr Justice Richard Humphreys has resigned as a part-time member of the Law Reform Commission. The High Court judge has only served around six months of his five-year term, having been appointed as a part-time commissioner last October.

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Three new commissioners have joined the Law Reform Commission for a five-year term. The new commissioners are Mr Justice Maurice Collins of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys of the High Court and Dr Andrea Mulligan, a barrister and assistant professor of law at Trinity College Dublin

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The Law Reform Commission has published a new discussion paper on Ireland's domestic implementation of international obligations. The paper does not include recommendations and instead aims to assist policymakers, the Oireachtas, statutory bodies, NGOs and academics to understand the development of

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A sharp decline in the use of suspended sentences in Ireland may be down to sentencing courts failing to correctly apply two key principles, the Law Reform Commission has suggested. The law reform body's new report on suspended sentences recommends that the newly-established Sentencing Guidelines an

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A new Law Reform Commission report on suspended sentences is due to be published on Monday, the law reform body has said. The report comes three years after the commission invited submissions on an issues paper concerning both the principles that apply to imposing suspended sentences and the procedu

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Law reform can help Ireland respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the Law Reform Commission has said. In a paper presented to a recent joint conference of four neighbouring law reform bodies, the commission said the implementation of various recommendations made over the past decade could help Ireland dea

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Fiona Carroll of the Law Reform Commission explains the body's work to repeal obsolete pre-1922 legislation. When the State was founded, it inherited tens of thousands of pre-1922 legislation, both Acts and Statutory Instruments. Much of this law was obsolete but remained officially in force, and th

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The Law Reform Commission has announced the appointment of former prosecutor Rebecca Coen as its new director of research. Ms Coen, a graduate of University College Cork who was called to the Bar in 2005, has worked in a number of prosecutorial positions since 2008.

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Four models for capping personal injury awards have been set out by the Law Reform Commission in an issues paper published today. The Cost of Insurance Working Group (CIWG) and the Personal Injuries Commission (PIC) previously recommended that the law reform body should examine whether a statutory c

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The law on rape should be reformed to provide for a primarily objective test on whether an accused believed the woman was consenting to sex, rather than the current primarily subjective test, the Law Reform Commission has said. The commission's Report on Knowledge and Belief Concerning Consent in Ra

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Sexual offence laws in Ireland have not "kept pace with developments in online technology and the almost universal use of internet-enabled devices", a legal expert on rape and sexual assault has said. Caroline Counihan BL, legal director at Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), gave evidence to the Oi

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