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Midlands prisoners should not share cells until assessed, report warns

Inmates at an Irish prison should not be made to share cells unless a comprehensive assessment finds that they would be suitable cellmates, a report by prisons inspector Judge Michael Reilly recommends.

Published 10 November 2015

Restaurant company told to put up €80,000 security for appeal

A restaurant company seeking to appeal the dismissal of a professional negligence case against a solicitor and barrister has been told to put up an €80,000 security.

Published 10 November 2015

Gardaí set to win asylum raids power

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has proposed a law to allow An Garda Síochána to enter private dwellings in order to arrest asylum seekers who have been subjected to a deportation order.

Published 10 November 2015

French comedian convicted of publicly insulting Jews fails in article 10 appeal to Strasbourg

A French comedian who appealed against his conviction for making public insults against Jews has had his application to the European Court of Human Rights declared inadmissible on the basis it was not protected by his article 10 right to freedom of expression and was instead anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial disguised as artistic production.

Published 10 November 2015

Arthur Cox reappoints managing partner

Arthur Cox has reappointed its managing partner Brian O’Gorman for a second four-year term at the head of the firm.

Published 10 November 2015

Sports law conference goes from strength to strength

The fourth annual Sports Law Conference, held in Law Society House in Belfast, saw a record number of delegates attend to discuss "sports injuries and the law" and hear from expert speakers.

Published 10 November 2015

Millions lost to cybercrime on both sides of the border

The Irish and Northern Ireland economies are losing almost £500 million (€700m) a year due to cybercrime, according to a new report published by global accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

Published 10 November 2015

Paramilitary reviewer barrister's home burgled

The home of a senior barrister who was appointed to review the assessment of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland has been burgled.

Published 10 November 2015

Carson McDowell runners to back Mark Pollock Trust

A team of eighteen runners co-ordinated by Carson McDowell's charity committee is participating in the Belfast Life Style Sports 5K and 10K Run in the Dark 2015 to raise funds for the Mark Pollock Trust.

Published 10 November 2015

Women's cases against Commissioner of An Garda Síochána and others will proceed, Supreme Court judges rule

The cases of two women concerning claims of negligence with regards to the way in which alleged rapes perpetrated against them were investigated and prosecuted will proceed, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Published 9 November 2015

NI same-sex marriage recognition case begins in High Court

An anonymous same-sex couple seeking recognition of their marriage in Northern Ireland took their case to the Family Division of the High Court in Belfast this morning.

Published 9 November 2015

Emergency legislation considered to break inquiry deadlock

The Government of Ireland is considering emergency legislation to break a legal deadlock preventing the Commission of Investigation from completing its investigation into the wind-up of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC).

Published 9 November 2015

State Claims Agency paid €43 million for legal fees in medical negligence cases last year

The State Claims Agency (SCA) paid out 30 million euro in 2014 to settle plaintiffs’ legal bills — a 25 per cent increase on the €24 million paid to plaintiffs’ firms in 2013.

Published 9 November 2015

Diverting resources could improve rehabilitation, judge says

Offenders could be more effectively rehabilitated if resources are diverted from "the penal side of the criminal justice system towards the probation side", a judge has said.

Published 9 November 2015

UK Supreme Court should be 'ashamed' of itself if diversity not improved in next round of appointments says Lady Hale

The UK Supreme Court's only female judge has said it should be “ashamed” if it fails to improve diversity in the next round of appointments.

Published 9 November 2015