Court report



Prosecutor had 'grave concerns' over cross-examination of 12-year-old rape victim

A barrister for the Director of Public Prosecutions has said she had "grave concerns" over the cross-examination of a 12-year-old boy who was repeatedly raped by his father.

Published 13 January 2021

Woman claims legal aid application in family law case was refused because she receives HAP

A woman who wants to bring family law proceedings against her allegedly violent former partner has launched a High Court challenge over the Legal Aid Board's refusal to fund her action.

Published 13 January 2021

Former Dublin barrister jailed for three years for theft

A former barrister who stole €235,000 from a businessman by pretending to buy him a warehouse in Co Kildare has been jailed for three years.

Published 4 November 2020

No new jury trials if Level 5 restrictions imposed

No new juries will be sworn in to hear trials at the Central Criminal Court if the government opts for a Level 5 lockdown, it emerged this morning.

Published 19 October 2020

Privacy activist Schrems challenges DPC probe of Facebook EU-US data transfers

Privacy and data rights activist Max Schrems has brought a High Court challenge in Dublin aimed at halting the Data Protection Commissioner's probe into Facebook Ireland's transfer of data to its US-based parent.

Published 13 October 2020

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