Court report



Couple who are first in Ireland to be convicted of female genital mutilation sentenced to jail

A married couple convicted of the female genital mutilation (FGM) of their daughter in the first case of its kind in the nation's history have been jailed.

Published 27 January 2020

Row between medical negligence solicitors returns to court

A dispute arising out of the departure of well-known solicitors from a prominent law firm in 2018 has returned before the High Court.

Published 24 January 2020

Man sues banks over failure to forward maintenance payments to ex for 12 years

A man claims he was defamed by two financial institutions over their alleged lengthy failure to forward maintenance payments in respect of his son to his former partner.

Published 22 January 2020

Court rejects 'unusual' argument that man’s alcoholism diminished his responsibility for murdering ex-girlfriend

The Court of Appeal has rejected an “unusual” argument that a man’s alcoholism diminished his responsibility for murdering an ex-girlfriend, but added that the issue may need to be explored in the future.

Published 29 November 2019

Court gagging order on child rapist and victim cannot be altered

A High Court judge has said he cannot change a order he made preventing the publication of the names of a convicted child rapist and his victim.

Published 14 November 2019

TDs secure permission to challenge decision of Ceann Comhairle

Four TDs have secured permission from the High Court to bring a challenge against the Ceann Comhairle's decision not to allow a vote on changing Dáil standing orders to stop the Government blocking opposition bills.

Published 7 November 2019

TDs bring challenge against Ceann Comhairle over 'money message' bill

Four TDs have brought a High Court challenge against the Ceann Comhairle's decision not to allow a new bill due to be debated in the Dáil.

Published 6 November 2019

Damages claims brought by Irish hauliers against truck manufacturers to be heard in 2020

Dozens of damages claims brought by Irish hauliers against Europe's biggest truck manufacturers who allegedly engaged in anti-competitive practices will most likely be heard in 2020.

Published 21 October 2019

Lay litigant attempts citizen's arrest of High Court judge, solicitor and barrister

A lay litigant yesterday attempted to arrest a High Court judge, a solicitor and a barrister at the Four Courts.

Published 11 October 2019

Gardaí continuing to investigate violent incident at Four Courts

Gardaí are continuing to investigate a violent incident in the Four Courts earlier this summer, when the defendant in a defamation action was attacked and injured by several individuals.

Published 9 October 2019

Judge plays down reports of second Special Criminal Court being wound down

A senior judge has said that the second Special Criminal Court will be made "full use of" until it is removed by legislation, following weekend reports of its suspension amid falling case numbers.

Published 27 August 2019

Lawyers claim man's legal entitlement to anonymity breached by Google

Lawyers for a man acquitted of rape last year have told a court that his legal entitlement to anonymity is being breached by Google search results of his name.

Published 2 August 2019

Gardaí called to Four Courts after alleged attack on defendant in defamation action

There were violent scenes requiring the intervention of gardaí and security in the Four Courts yesterday, when the defendant in a defamation action was allegedly attacked and injured by a group of individuals who attended court.

Published 1 August 2019

Court of Appeal reserves judgment to consider whether alcoholism can diminish responsibility for murder

The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal based on the "unusual" argument that a dependency on alcohol can diminish a person's responsibility for murder such that juries should be allowed to find them guilty of manslaughter.

Published 26 July 2019

Judge's failure to instruct rape trial jury on presumption of innocence 'almost inconceivable'

A judge in the Court of Appeal has said it was "almost inconceivable" that one of Ireland's most experienced criminal trial judges would simply forget to instruct the jury on the presumption of innocence in a rape trial.

Published 19 July 2019