Court report



Judge leading criminal trial while self-isolating

A judge who had close contact with somebody with Covid-19 has directed a jury in an ongoing criminal trial from his home.

Published 15 September 2020

Criminal defence solicitor accused of theft to face trial in April 2022

A criminal defence solicitor accused of theft and perverting the course of justice wants to meet the case head on and “reclaim his reputation”, a court has heard.

Published 4 August 2020

Man found civilly liable for Omagh bombing to be extradited to Lithuania after 12-year fight

After a legal battle lasting nearly 12 years, the High Court will order the extradition of Liam Campbell, who was found civilly liable for the Omagh bombing, to Lithuania where he is wanted on international weapons trafficking charges.

Published 29 June 2020

Father convicted of FGM of daughter is to appeal his conviction and sentence

A father convicted of the female genital mutilation (FGM) of his daughter in the first case of its kind in Irish legal history is to appeal his conviction and sentence.

Published 27 May 2020

Senior barrister in remote hearing forced to pick up phone in front of judges

A senior barrister was forced to pick up the phone in front of three judges yesterday, as courts continue to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic with remote hearings.

Published 24 April 2020

Trial date set for former solicitor Michael Lynn

A trial date has been set in the case of former solicitor Michael Lynn, who is accused of multi-million euro thefts.

Published 21 April 2020

Extradition request to be 'terminated' after Russia fails to respond to concerns about prisons and trial rights

A failure by Russian authorities to respond to the High Court’s concerns about prison conditions and fair trial rights in Russia has resulted in the immediate “termination” of an extradition request.

Published 2 April 2020

Senior judge sees 'no reason why non-jury trials cannot proceed' in spite of pandemic

A senior judge has said there is no reason why non-jury trials cannot proceed in the Special Criminal Court when many other upcoming court cases have been placed in doubt over the coronavirus crisis.

Published 31 March 2020

DPP attends court to observe coronavirus measures

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Claire Loftus, paid a visit to the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin yesterday to observe the operation of the courts during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 27 March 2020

Tributes paid to Mr Justice McGovern on his final day on the bench

The president of the Court of Appeal, the Attorney General and leading members of the legal profession have paid tribute to Mr Justice Brian McGovern on his retirement from the bench.

Published 13 March 2020

Human rights lawyer's action against Google over alleged hacking adjourned generally

A High Court action by a German human rights lawyer against Google over what he claims are several attempts by parties based in the Middle East to hack his private email account has been adjourned generally.

Published 6 March 2020

Two 'slopping out' actions mentioned before the High Court

Two cases brought by former prisoners over having to 'slop out' have been mentioned before the High Court.

Published 26 February 2020

Courts 'should not shy away' from starting at maximum sentence in high-end assaults

The courts should not shy away from starting at five years' imprisonment when it comes to sentencing individuals for “high-end” cases of assault causing harm, according to the Court of Appeal.

Published 21 February 2020

Judgment reserved in bid for fresh investigation into man's 1976 murder

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on the latest legal bid by the family of Séamus Ludlow to compel the State to reinvestigate his 1976 murder by "loyalist extremists".

Published 19 February 2020

Lawyer settles damages claim over road traffic accident injuries

A damages action brought by a lawyer and academic over serious injuries he sustained following a car crash in Co Tipperary over a decade ago has been resolved.

Published 17 February 2020