Case archive

Woman taken to court over Facebook post succeeds in appeal to UK Supreme Court

A woman sued for defamation by her ex-husband over her claim on Facebook that he “tried to strangle me” has had her appeal unanimously allowed by the UK Supreme Court on the basis an ordinary reader of the post would have interpreted it as meaning the ex-husband had grasped the woman by the throat and applied force to her neck – not that he had attempted to kill her.

UK Supreme Court in United Kingdom — 4 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man sentenced to five years for conspiracy to import and possession of cocaine loses appeal against conviction

A man who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for conspiracy to import and possession with intent to supply cocaine has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Court of Appeal in Ireland — 4 April 2019

High Court: Failed counterclaim in tenancy dispute alleged transfer of €30,000 before Euro became legal tender

The counterclaim for an order to compel a landlord to sell his tenant a half acre site on his land has been rejected by the High Court in circumstances where part of the alleged agreement in 1999 involved a cheque for €30,000, when the Euro only became legal tender in 2002.

High Court in Ireland — 3 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man who refused to comply with licence conditions loses appeal against recall to custody

A man who was recalled to prison when he ignored G4S staff who arrived at his home to fit electronic monitoring equipment on the night of his release has lost an appeal against his recall.

Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland — 2 April 2019

High Court: Jolene Bunting loses appeal against suspension from Belfast City Council

Councillor Jolene Bunting has lost an appeal against the decision to suspend her from Belfast City Council pending the outcome of an investigation into complaints made about her hostility towards the Islamic faith, and a sectarian meme which she posted on social media.

High Court in Northern Ireland — 1 April 2019

Supreme Court: High Court’s conclusion that €300,000 was a personal loan must be set aside

The former director of a liquidated company has successfully appealed the finding that a €300,000 loan made by a man who became a shadow director of the company was a personal loan to him, rather than an investment in the company.

Supreme Court in Ireland — 29 March 2019

High Court: Defences relied on by builder challenging application for specific performance of contract for sale rejected

A builder who challenged an application for specific performance of the sale of his home pursuant to a contract he signed in 2014, has had all defences relied on rejected in the High Court.

High Court in Ireland — 28 March 2019

High Court: Application to strike solicitor off the roll 'disproportionate and inappropriate'

A solicitor who admitted to numerous findings of professional misconduct has been suspended from the roll of solicitors until April 2020, and will be subject to conditions on his practicing certificate for seven years thereafter, after Mr Justice Peter Kelly found that the sanction sought by the Law Society of Ireland was disproportionate and inappropriate.

High Court in Ireland — 27 March 2019

High Court: Woman awarded €63K for negligent post-operative care

A woman who suffered a blow to the head when she collapsed in the en-suite of her hospital room, has been awarded €63,112 in damages after the High Court found the post-operative care she was given was negligent.

High Court in Ireland — 26 March 2019

Court of Appeal: Mother of man who died in custody loses case against decision to reinstate PSNI officer

The mother of a 28-year-old man who died in a police cell at Lisburn PSNI station has lost an appeal against the decision to dismiss her application for judicial review.

Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland — 25 March 2019

Supreme Court: Fianna Fáil member has locus standi to challenge constitutionality of female representation law

A man who brought proceedings to challenge the constitutionality of a provision of the Electoral Act 1997 after he was told by Fianna Fáil that the candidate in his constituency “must be a woman” has successfully appealed the finding that he did not have locus standi to bring the challenge.

Supreme Court in Ireland — 22 March 2019

High Court: Legal representatives who misled the Court will not be reprimanded

A solicitor and junior counsel who were ordered to pay the costs incurred by the State in judicial review proceedings which were brought as a strategy to delay deportation, have been told that the court will take no action against them.

High Court in Ireland — 15 March 2019

Supreme Court: Man accused of facilitating access to child pornography loses extradition appeal

A man who has been accused of creating a website facilitating access to child pornography, and whose surrender to the United States has been ordered, has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court in which he raised issues with the role of the Minister for Justice and Equality under the Extradition Act 1965.

Supreme Court in Ireland — 21 March 2019

Court of Appeal: PSNI Chief Constable must ensure practical independence of Legacy Investigations Branch

The Chief Constable of the PSNI must take steps to secure the practical independence of investigators concerned with the further investigation into the death of 24-year-old Jean Smyth, who was shot in Belfast in 1972.

Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland — 20 March 2019

Craigavon Crown Court: Man who killed father’s partner on Christmas Day must serve 17 years before being considered for release

A man who killed his dad’s partner on Christmas Day 2017 has been sentenced to a minimum period of 17 years before he can be considered for release by the Parole Commissioners.

Crown Court in Northern Ireland — 19 March 2019