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# Law Reform Commission

Last year
Court poor box donations raise close to €17m for charities over 10 years
A 2004 review by the Law Reform Commission described the system as unfair for offenders who cannot afford to pay for donations.
All time
Capping of damages in personal injury cases is constitutionally permissible, says Law Reform Commission
The Commission examined similar legislation in other jurisdictions including the UK and Australia.
Use of suspended sentences for sexual offences decreased over last decade
White-collar crimes and child offenders were given particular consideration in a new report from the Law Reform Commission.
Commission outlines options to cap the amount of damages awarded in personal injury claims
Soft tissue, or whiplash claims, are the most common claims made in Ireland.
Law Reform Commission proposes extension of court privilege to bloggers and social media reporters
A new report by the commission has looked at possible amendments to the Defamation Act.
Poll: Should there be a cap on personal injury claims?
The Law Reform Commission is looking into the topic.
Minister to support 'Celine's law' proposals to prevent killers profiting from their crime
The Law Reform Commission recommended changes after the Eamonn Lillis trial.
Here are the legal options being considered about sexual consent
The Law Reform Commission is examining a number of issues in relation to rape cases.
Revenge porn perpetrators to be jailed under new laws
Women’s Aid said in some cases ex-partners have advertised their partners on escort sites without their consent or knowledge.
Law that allows parents' wills to be rewritten under review
The Law Reform Commission is asking for submissions on the issue.
'I received death threats and constant torture': Cyberbullying victims speak out
Young people want more regulation in the area.
Calls for pre-trial hearings on disclosure of sensitive material in sex offence cases
The Law Reform Commission says difficulties have emerged in specific cases.
When should someone who kills their spouse be allowed to inherit their property?
The law has been questioned in cases involving convicted killers like Catherine Nevin and Eamonn Lillis.
'Revenge porn' may not be punishable through Irish law
The Law Reform Commission says there are gaps in the harassment laws that need to be addressed.
New legislation needed to stop online "trolls"
The report published today looks at the need for regulation specific to online harassment.
Opinion: As the Pistorious trial returns to our TV screens, let's consider cameras in courtrooms
Would cameras in courtrooms encourage the public to engage with the justice system?
Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts
The easing of the in camera rule in Irish family courts will see many social issues come to light – many of which may have been hidden behind from the public for generations, writes Katherine Irwin.
Panel chosen for October appeals court referendum
The vote will ask the public to decide on the existence of an Appeals Court between the High Court and the Supreme Court.
Report: Judges should be able to impose minimum sentence for murder
The report also recommends the Parole Board should be established on an independent statutory basis.
FLAC says 'Jury Service' report should include deaf and blind people
While the report expressed concerns over interpreters being present for jury discussion, FLAC have said that deaf and blind people should still be able to take part in non-criminal trials.
Poll: Should non-Irish citizens be eligible for jury duty?
A report being launched today wants EU citizens and other long-term residents to be included in panels to sit on juries.
LRC report recommends non-Irish citizens for jury duty
The Law Reform Commission is also recommending that up to three additional jurors are selected for long-running trials.
Report recommends new laws on missing persons and the Disappeared
The report recommends legislation so that family left behind can apply to allow interim management of the missing person’s property.
Explainer: Who and what are Ireland's sheriffs?
As repossessions increase, Ireland’s sheriffs find themselves in the news more and more. Here’s all you need to know about them.
New bill will allow minor criminal records to be wiped
The Spent Convictions Bill will strike out some convictions if the person has not been convicted again within a certain period.
Report: Government needs to regulate home care services
A new report by the Law Reform Commission recommends that a register of professional home carers should be set up.
Judges should be able to specify minimum terms for murder, says law reform group
The Law Reform Commission also says that sentencing for drug and firearm offences should be reviewed.
Changes to missing person laws recommended
The Law Reform Commission has suggested a number of measures aimed at helping the families of people who go missing in Ireland.
Teenagers should be given right to refuse treatment, says Law Reform Commission
Report published today recommends 16- and 17-year-olds are allowed to give their consent or refusal for medical treatment.
Could a new Civil Law bill make us nicer people?
New legislation published by Alan Shatter will give legal protection to citizens acting as ‘Good Samaritans’.
Government approves preparation of "corporate manslaughter" bill
Bill paves the way for the introduction of criminal liability over workplace deaths and deaths arising from faulty products and services.