Court report

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

Superior courts 'recognise that recent challenges to drink driving legislation appear cynical'

The superior courts recognise that recent challenges to the interpretation of drink driving legislation contain many arguments that have the appearance of being "cynical", according to a senior judge.

Published 18 July 2019

Irish Daily Mail editor fined €4,500 over Ana Kriégel headline

A newspaper editor has been fined €4,500 after being found guilty of contempt of court for a front-page headline and article that "posed a real risk" to the trial of two boys convicted of murdering 14-year-old Anastasia Kriégel.

Published 8 July 2019

Struck-off solicitor Michael Lynn loses court case over extradition assurances

Struck-off solicitor Michael Lynn has lost his latest legal challenge ahead of a trial next year for alleged theft of almost €30 million.

Published 4 June 2019

Detective convicted of harassing State solicitor has conviction upheld on appeal

A detective found guilty of harassing a State solicitor by sending abusive letters and emails has lost an appeal against her conviction.

Published 4 June 2019

Lawyers argue rape victims 'could be prosecuted if they publish their own identity'

Lawyers for a convicted child rapist have told a High Court judge that rape victims are subject to criminal prosecution if they publish their own identity.

Published 31 May 2019

Suspended sentence for woman who tried to process bogus personal injury claim

A woman who tried to process a bogus personal injury claim because she needed money to cover the costs of her and her husband's funerals has been given a three-year suspended jail sentence.

Published 30 May 2019

Man convicted of possessing explosives fails in appeal centred on his Irish language rights

A man convicted of possessing explosives and making hoax bomb threats has failed in an appeal against his conviction which focused on his Irish language rights during the trial.

Published 29 May 2019

Lawyers contest 'legal basis' for rape victim to waive anonymity so rapist can be named

Lawyers for a convicted child rapist have contested a victim's request to waive her anonymity so that her abuser can be named.

Published 28 May 2019

Man will not be retried for burgling solicitors' office after conviction quashed

A man found in a solicitors' office claiming he was homeless and looking for somewhere to sleep will not be retried for burglary after his conviction was quashed.

Published 20 May 2019

Court proceedings over legal privilege of FAI documents adjourned until June

High Court proceedings to determine if certain documents given by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) are legally privileged have been adjourned to late June.

Published 14 May 2019

High Court bans man from acting as a legal advisor after 'taking advantage of vulnerable litigants'

A High Court judge has made an order preventing a man from acting as a legal advisor in court cases because he is "taking advantage of vulnerable litigants".

Published 10 May 2019

Man's conviction for burgling solicitors' office quashed on appeal

A man who claimed he was homeless and looking for somewhere to sleep when he was found in a solicitors' office has had his conviction for burglary and criminal damage quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Published 9 May 2019

Man who fled to Ireland after 31 years in jail to be extradited back to UK

A High Court judge has surrendered for extradition a man who absconded to Ireland after spending 31 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was a child.

Published 3 May 2019