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# law - Monday 24 February, 2014

"Others cannot dictate to us": Uganda signs controversial anti-gay bill into law

The news has been condemned by Amnesty International, which described it as a “step backwards”.

# law - Thursday 13 February, 2014

It's highly likely there will be a legal challenge to plain tobacco packaging, says Law Society

The director general of the Law Society said Ireland would be setting a precedent in Europe.

# law - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Ban on Pirate Bay lifted by Dutch court

Access to Pirate Bay is still blocked to the majority of Irish internet users.

# law - Monday 27 January, 2014

Have you received a solicitor's letter from Duke Chambers? It could be a scam

The Law Society is warning that it has no record of Duke Chambers, Duke Solicitors, or a solicitor called Mr Steven Duke.

# law - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Student petition successful as Law Society adds exam dates

A shortened schedule had led to concerns that results would be impacted.

# law - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Tech institutes allowed to merge to form universities under new legislation

Minister Quinn has published the General Scheme of Technological Universities Bill.

# law - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Anti-protest laws enter force in Ukraine amid continued violence

More than 200 people have been injured so far during protests in the country, which Russia says is getting ‘out of control’.

# law - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Column: Tragic case of newborn boy highlights unmarried fathers' lack of rights

A Dublin hospital has secured a court order to withdraw life-support from a severely brain-damaged baby whose his young mother died after delivery. As the child’s parents were unmarried, the father was not deemed the legal guardian.

# law - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

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.

# law - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Report on repossessions wants changes, but no legislative reform

An expert group on repossessions found that case management standards of different lenders varies greatly, “with some operating at sub-optimal level”.

Column: Our new in-camera Family Court legislation is a sham

The unlimited powers given by to judges in our Family Courts may continue to prevent the public from finding out what has transpired, writes Gerry Fahey.

# law - Monday 13 January, 2014

Family law and child care court cases can now be reported, but under strict conditions

The changes to the in camera rule mean that under certain circumstances cases can be reported.

# law - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Who is most likely to support the legalisation of marijuana in Ireland?

A poll today shows 38 per cent of people in Ireland now support legalisation.

From The42 Eddie Irvine sentenced to six months in jail after Milan nightclub brawl In The Dock

Eddie Irvine sentenced to six months in jail after Milan nightclub brawl

But the F1 driver will not have to serve any of the sentence under Italian law.

# law - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Column: Yes, State legal spending is significant – but it’s an investment in our democracy

What distinguishes a democracy from other systems is a fair balance between the might of the State – which has very substantial legal resources at its disposal – and the capacity of citizens to challenge its power, writes Noeline Blackwell.

# law - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Poll: Should the government raise speed limits on Irish motorways? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the government raise speed limits on Irish motorways?

Minister Varadkar has said there is no proposal to raise the limit but if there was, would you support it?

# law - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Northern Ireland's justice minister calls for consultation on changing abortion laws

David Ford said he wants a public consultation into changing abortion laws to allow women carrying babies with fatal foetal abnormalities to have a termination.

# law - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Byrne victims call on Law Society to pay compensation

The Law Society has said it has done everything it can for people who have lost money in attempting to regain control of their homes.

# law - Monday 2 December, 2013

'Reckless journalism' could affect Thomas Byrne's prison safety, claims lawyer

A number of newspaper reports claiming that Byrne had acted on behalf of suspected criminal figures were rejected in court today.

Gerry Adams to meet with victim of child abuse

Mary Lou McDonald said that meeting with a political representative is not a substitute for going to the relevant authorities.

# law - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Teen girls' rapist and killer freed under rights ruling

European Court of Human Rights ordered immediate release of Miguel Ricart under an October ruling that has several violent convicts demanding their freedom.

# law - Monday 25 November, 2013

Column: A review of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy law is underway, but what can we expect?

The Children and Family Relationships Bill is proposing a sweeping and comprehensive review of an area of law that touches all of our lives, writes Katherine Irwin.

Gardaí seized alcohol in public places 354 times last year

Garda sources said one of the biggest problems is with under-aged teens drinking in parks or in the street.

The Guardian's former investigations editor to discuss press freedom with VinB

David Leigh retired last April and his illustrious career included a 1995 TV documentary which led to the jailing of a former defence minister.

# law - Sunday 17 November, 2013

Column: Should defendants be able to waive their right to trial by jury?

Are jury trials suitable for high-profile, white collar crime cases? It could be near impossible to impanel a jury that wouldn’t be unduly biased in such cases, writes Karl Shirran.

# law - Friday 15 November, 2013

Column: The Loyaltybuild breach shows it's time to take data protection seriously

In countries lucky enough not to have suffered under a police state, data protection concerns do not always alarm the ordinary citizen. We need to wake up, writes Fergal Crehan.

# law - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Missing Pussy Riot member is being transferred to Siberia, husband says

The whereabouts of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, jailed two years ago for her part in the performance of a protest song, had been unknown since October 22nd.

# law - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Column: Let's see a vigorous, successful campaign for marriage equality

Ireland’s mainstream parties should now work together to guarantee equal rights and equal opportunities to all Irish citizens, regardless of sexuality, writes Mark Beegan.

# law - Saturday 2 November, 2013

The Irish Council of Churches says blasphemy reference in Constitution is 'largely obsolete'

They said the blasphemy reference has been used to justify violence and oppression against minorities in other parts of the world.

# law - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Laws recognising prenups to be considered by Government

At present, prenuptial agreements are not binding in Irish law with settlements at the discretion of judges as part of divorce proceedings.

# law - Monday 21 October, 2013

Chinese government release 'civilised behaviour abroad' handbook for its citizens

This follows reports in August that the government was growing increasingly embarrassed by the behaviour of their citizens abroad.

# law - Friday 18 October, 2013

Armed US plane landed at Shannon 'in error'

Shannonwatch said it is difficult to believe that a breach of this kind was an administrative error.

# law - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Fines of €650k for hospitals in breach of doctors' working hours

Managers will also face sanctions if they do not comply with the new rules.

# law - Monday 14 October, 2013

Column: Our crisis was caused by too little democracy – not by too much

One TD has launched constitutional challenge seeking to reassert the right to vote on state spending – here’s why, Vincent P Martin writes.

# law - Sunday 29 September, 2013

Thousands take to Melbourne streets to remember Jill Meagher

The march followed the route the Louth woman was taking home on the night she was attacked a year ago.

# law - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Column: Making the poorest pay more is no way to cut waiting lists for legal aid

Reforms announced yesterday in the civil legal aid scheme, including increases in the minimum contributions for applicants, may mean that people who need help to access justice will be excluded, writes Yvonne O’Sullivan.

# law - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

From The Daily Edge Lawyer fined €850 for wearing these blue runners in court Blue Suede Shoes

Lawyer fined €850 for wearing these blue runners in court

“I am scented, shaved and fresh,” Catalin Dancu told listeners at a courthouse in Romania.

# law - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Police in India arrest fifth gang member suspected of gang-raping photographer

The crime reignited anger about women’s safety in India following a similar attack last year.

# law - Sunday 11 August, 2013

Column: Making threats over the internet is a crime, but sometimes anonymity is needed

Before we remove the masks of users online, we need to look at both the pros and cons of being anonymous on the internet, writes Fergal Crehan.

# law - Wednesday 7 August, 2013

Concern over whether hospital will comply with abortion legislation

Professor John Crown has said that “serious questions have to be asked” of governing boards at Irish hospitals.