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# Legal

Last year
2022
# Legal
Neymar arrives in court as trial begins over his Barcelona transfer
The Brazil star is one of nine defendants on trial on corruption-related charges, among them his parents and their N&N company, which manages his affairs.
Voices
Opinion: The hyperfocus on our punters blinds people to the real issues sex workers face
A sex worker writes about her experiences and what needs to change, on foot of new research about sex work in Ireland.
# Legal
Swiss prosecutors mull appeal in Blatter and Platini fraud case
The pair were cleared on 8 July by the Federal Criminal Court following a mammoth investigation that began in 2015.
Voices
Defence lawyer: Rates of payment are miserable compared to the time, work and skill required
Darren Lalor is leading the campaign for better legal aid rates for barristers defending criminal cases in the District Court.
All time
# Justice
Barristers urge caution on widespread roll-out of remote court hearings after Covid
The Bar of Ireland said remote hearings impact on judicial interaction and the management of witnesses.
Voices
Ivana Bacik: Any trivialising of gender-based violence by the courts is unhelpful
The Labour senator says any downplaying of the seriousness of sexual assaults in the courts will cause the further regression of social attitudes towards these crimes.
Voices
Opinion: The role of Attorney General should be more transparent - let's start by publishing the advice
Dr David Kenny and Dr Conor Casey argue that the refusal to publish the advice of the AG by successive governments serves no one.
Voices
Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must
Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.
Voices
Opinion: 'We are lucky in Ireland that we have a strong legal system where the rule of law is so firmly defended'
Two young barristers, Róisín Cottrell and Ben Clarke, discuss the reasons they chose their profession.
# Legal
Ireland dismiss 'strange' Welsh complaints over Furlong's scrummaging
The tighthead prop’s set-piece work was questioned by Wales forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys.
# lawful
Record number of solicitors from England and Wales registered in Ireland this year
It represents a more than 150% increase on the previous year.
Voices
Opinion: The State's refusal to compensate survivors of abuse violates human rights law
In its efforts to avoid paying compensation to victims, the State has spent €1.5 million on legal fees and re-traumatised some of its most vulnerable citizens, writes Conor O’Mahony.
# the explainer
Why are abortion laws being restricted in the US right now?
This week has seen a lot of discussion around abortion laws in the US state of Georgia and Alabama – but what is the situation countrywide?
Voices
Opinion: 'I'm not a victim, I am a survivor ... I don’t flinch when someone touches me'
Aicha Dounia was abused by her biological father from the age of four but she refuses to live a life ‘consumed by hatred’.
# Freedom of Information
Government won't release Public Services Card report due to 'public interest' fears
The group intends to appeal this decision to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Voices
Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs
People using drugs should be dealt with exclusively via the health system, writes Tony Duffin. Let’s make the change in 2019.
# Courts
Rape trial collapses due to 'unprecedented media coverage' in national newspaper
The trial involved a Dublin defendant accused of raping a woman he met on a night out in 2015.
# Medical
BreastCheck director concerned as programme receives 15 solicitor's letters in past two weeks
BreastCheck says it doesn’t want “to be diverting taxpayers funds on litigation services”.
# drug laws
Recreational marijuana is legal in California from today
But finding a shop to buy non-medical pot in California won’t be easy, at least initially.
# High Court
Case taken by Graham Dwyer against the state over use of mobile phone records 'could raise a number of legal issues'
Dwyer was charged in October 2013 with the murder of Elaine O’Hara and was convicted by a jury following a lengthy trial at the Central Criminal Court in March 2015.
# Legal
Zimbabwe judge rules military action against Robert Mugabe legal
The military stepped in almost two weeks ago after Mugabe’s firing of deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.
# Brazil
Pat Hickey court case over Rio ticket touting allegations suspended
Both Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon were due to appear at a local court in Rio de Janeiro on the afternoon of 29 November.
# Wikileaks
Assange hails 'important victory' after Sweden drops rape investigation
“The road is far from over. The war, the proper war, is just commencing.”
# medical issues
Switzerland is selling legal cannabis that contains potential health benefits but without the high
“With this stuff, I feel the same relaxation as before, but since there is no high, I can still get things done and play with my kids.”
# shaming
Playboy model charged for posting picture of naked woman on Snapchat
The Snapchat post included an insulting comment about the woman’s body.
# Susan Denham
Ireland's top judge is worried about the country's reputation
It’s all down to the lack of a judicial council.
# Courts
Alleged Islamic State recruiter has his deportation challenge dismissed
The man had been trying to prevent his deportation to Jordan.
# justice served
Two of our reporters have been honoured for shining light on heartbreak in the courts
TheJournal.ie won at Justice Media Awards for excellence in reporting on mental health issues and on family law.
# Courts
Man sentenced for punching pregnant partner in the face
He will spend almost two years in prison.
# High Court
Court rejects extradition of man facing sexual assault charges in Liverpool
He is wanted by Liverpool Magistrate’s Court.
# tough edge
Ireland look for streetwise edge after bullying England boss Twickenham
Joe Schmidt and his coaches believe this squad has the skills to play an expansive game.
# return to sender
Just what can election candidates use Dáil envelopes for?
The Standards in Public Office Commission dictates what they can and can’t be used for.
# Fine Idea
A major IT upgrade means people who don't pay fines will have it taken from their wages
55% of those imprisoned in Ireland last year were jailed for the non-payment of fines.
# United States
This same-sex couple want to get married... but are already father and son
It comes down to a snag with the adoption laws.
# i want out
Role reversal - legal immigrant begs to be deported as he's 'sick of Britain'
Iranian Arash Aria made the bizarre request of British authorities before they realised he was a legal alien.
# No
Someone's launched a (very) last minute challenge against same-sex marriage
Gerry Walshe, an electrician from Clare, wants a judicial review.
# Egypt
Taoiseach clarifies that Ibrahim Halawa isn't facing murder charges
No other consular case is receiving greater attention than the Halawa case.
# hanging on the telephone
The NSA's massive collection of people's phone records is illegal
A US appeals court made the judgement today.
# Domestic Violence
'I could still feel the punches to my head as I ran up the road with my son'
Ireland’s legal system is failing women “at every level” according to new research.
# The drugs don't work
Why are ecstasy, magic mushrooms, and other drugs all legal tonight and tomorrow?
Emergency legislation is needed after a court ruling this morning. Here’s what happened…