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High Court: Tent-dwelling single mother refused order quashing decision to end emergency accommodation

A woman who has been living in a tent outside the offices of Carlow County Council has had her application for judicial review of council decisions refused by the High Court.

Published 21 August 2017

Shane Ross: Judicial opponents to appointments reform are 'vested interests'

The Independent TD and Government minister who has led calls for reform of judicial appointments in Ireland has said the hostility of judges to his proposals is understandable.

Published 21 August 2017

New practice directions to clarify role of McKenzie friends

New practice directions will be issued by the presidents of the Court of Appeal and High Court to clarify the role of a non-legal person assisting a lay litigant, The Irish Times reports.

Published 21 August 2017

Tenants win compensation after landlord discriminates on housing assistance ground

Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling that three tenants had been discriminated against by their landlord when the landlord refused to facilitate their access to the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).

Published 21 August 2017

Oisín Tobin heads up Mason Hayes & Curran in San Francisco

Dublin-based firm Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC) has promoted Oisín Tobin from senior associate to technology partner and head of the firm's newly-opened San Francisco office.

Published 21 August 2017

Obituary: James Osborne

James Osborne, former managing partner of A&L Goodbody, has passed away at the age of 68.

Published 21 August 2017

Judge blames Thatcher for state of mental health services

A judge has blamed poor provision for people with mental health difficulties in Northern Ireland on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Published 21 August 2017

England: Online hate crimes to be taken as seriously as those face-to-face

Prosecutors in England and Wales have announced plans to treat online hate crimes as seriously as those committed face-to-face.

Published 21 August 2017

Poor box payments increase again after 2015 decline

Over €1.5 million was paid into the poor box in Irish courts last year, a 19 per cent increase on the previous year, The Irish Times reports.

Published 21 August 2017

Lady Hale stresses value of diversity on the bench in Belfast lecture

Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, Lady Hale, has stressed the importance of diversity in the judiciary in a lecture to the Constitutional Law Summer School in Belfast.

Published 21 August 2017

Top EU judge has plan to save Brexit

A top EU judge has laid out a plan that would see the UK retaining access to the single market without being answerable to the Court of Justice after Brexit.

Published 21 August 2017

US: Statue of pro-slavery Supreme Court justice removed

A statue of US Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the landmark pro-slavery Dred Scott v. Sandford ruling in 1857, has been removed from the grounds of Maryland's state legislature.

Published 21 August 2017

NI High Court: Failure to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate human rights

A man who sought a declaration that his marriage in London was valid under the law of Northern Ireland has had his application refused by Mr Justice O’Hara, sitting in the High Court in Belfast.

Published 18 August 2017

Senior judges call judicial appointments bill 'harmful'

Ireland's most senior judges criticised the Government's reform of judicial appointments in a previously-unreleased letter sent to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in June, The Irish Times reports.

Published 18 August 2017

Suspended Carlow solicitor found in contempt of High Court orders

A suspended Carlow solicitor has been found in contempt of High Court orders restraining her from acting as or holding herself out as a solicitor.

Published 18 August 2017