Case archive



Supreme Court reaffirms courts should issue bench warrant if considering substantial prison sentences

The Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the High Court, in which it found that a trial could proceed on proof of due notice to the person accused of the offence, but that if a judge was considering a substantial prison term as punishment on conviction that a bench warrant should be issued to compel the defendant to be present before sentencing took place.

15 February 2016

Landlord ordered to pay tenant €40,615 in damages after ceiling collapses

A woman has been awarded €40,615 in damages after a portion of the ceiling in her rented accommodation in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, fell on her head and back.

12 February 2016

Man loses challenge against dismissal from Permanent Defence Forces after failing random drug test

A man has failed in his attempt to have his dismissal from the Permanent Defence Forces (PFD) quashed.

11 February 2016

Supreme Court orders all votes in Listowel local elections to be “counted afresh”

The Supreme Court has ordered for the votes in the May 2014 local election in Listowel, Kerry to be counted afresh, following a challenge to the result by an unsuccessful candidate.

10 February 2016

High Court refuses to dismiss Chief Constable’s defence in Loughgall shooting civil case

The Northern Ireland High Court of Justice has refused an application by the representative of a man shot by soldiers in 1987 relating to a delay in the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)’s disclosure of documents in a separate civil case.

9 February 2016

NI: Ulster Unionist Party politician awarded £48,750 for defamatory tweet by Sinn Féin politician

The Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone has been awarded £48,750.00 after a Sinn Féin politician posted a defamatory statement about him on Twitter in May 2014.

5 February 2016

Man fails in attempt to seek judicial review of harassment appeal verdict

The High Court has refused an application from a man who sought an order of certiorarior declaration in relation to an order made following an appeal against his conviction for harassing his ex-wife.

4 February 2016

Woman imprisoned for failure to surrender repossessed home found to be legally detained

A woman has been found to have been legally detained under a motion for attachment and committal issued for her failure to comply with an order for possession over her family home.

3 February 2016

Man fails to show bank should have informed him of fellow customer’s financial difficulties

A man has lost an appeal against a court order which struck out his claims against a bank and two statutory receivers appointed over property to which he claimed to have an entitlement to possess.

2 February 2016

Ex-farmer loses appeal, ending 29 year legal battle over bovine tuberculosis compensation

An ex-farmer who subsequently trained as a barrister has lost his appeal to amend his Statement of Claim in a case concerning the Bovine Tuberculosis (Attestation of the State and General Provisions) Order 1978 (S.I. 256/78) and his alleged right to compensation for the loss of cows which had tested positively for bovine tuberculosis.

1 February 2016

Man fails to show good reason for delay in pursuing case against his former solicitors

The Court of Appeal has refused a man’s appeal against the High Court’s decision to set aside an order renewing a plenary summons.

29 January 2016

High Court clarifies exceptional nature of secondary case procedural legitimate expectation in addiction centre judicial review

The High Court has dismissed an application for judicial review brought by a former heroin addict who argued he had a "secondary case procedural legitimate expectation" to have been consulted by the Department of Justice before they ceased funding for an addiction service.

28 January 2016

Man awarded damages for quarry injury, despite originally submitting false information

A man has been awarded €453,000 in damages after a digger ran over his foot in a quarry in Co. Donegal in June 2003, ultimately leaving him without most of it.

27 January 2016

High Court found to have erred in Rugby Club assault case, twelve years after decision

The Court of Appeal has found that the High Court erred in its interpretation of the facts in a case brought by a woman against the trustees of a rugby club in which she was assaulted.

26 January 2016