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
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
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
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 has lost his latest legal challenge ahead of a trial next year for alleged theft of almost €30 million.
Published 4 June 2019
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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