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# Judiciary

This year
Hannah McCarthy: What type of democracy are Israelis actually fighting for?
In Tel Aviv, Hannah McCarthy speaks to Israelis who say they are worried about the future of their country.
All time
Dáil hears allegation of "abuse of power" by a judge
Paul Murphy TD asked the Taoiseach about a case he was told about recently.
Judicial appointments in the spotlight as Council of Europe says Ireland fails on political influence
A new report comes as the government faces ongoing questions over the Seamus Woulfe affair.
Opinion: Politicians may have grounds to impeach Seamus Woulfe but it's a tricky business
Dr Laura Cahillane and Dr David Kenny say there may be a case for impeachment of the Supreme Court judge but that constutional path is fraught with risk.
'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.
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.
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.
Ireland has appointed a new top judge
Mr Justice Frank Clarke will take over from the retiring Chief Justice Susan Denham next month.
Judges say new appointments bill is 'seriously flawed'
Senior judges have written to Leo Varadkar over the “serious implications” the legislative changes could have.
Máire Whelan officially appointed to the Court of Appeal
President Higgins made the appointment official at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin this morning.
Kevin Mallon set to follow Pat Hickey and return home to Ireland
Mallon was arrested on the eve of the Olympic Games.
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”.
Ireland's top judge is worried about the country's reputation
It’s all down to the lack of a judicial council.
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…”
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.
Judges claim €1.67 million in expenses - But who cost the most?
One judge cost the state €45,222 in expenses.
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.
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.
"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.
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?
Dáil to debate plan to take senior Garda and judicial appointments from government
Independent TD Shane Ross says that “the system is rotten”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
A forum for discussion about matters of “mutual concern” to the judiciary and government has been established, on the request of Susan Denham.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Commission: Legal services are still too expensive in Ireland
Ireland’s bailout partners also want a more efficient judicial system.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.