Judicial Council

Judicial conduct guidelines to close 'gap in judicial accountability'

Judicial conduct and ethics guidelines to be adopted shortly by the Judicial Council will close a "gap in judicial accountability and transparency", Chief Justice Frank Clarke has said.

Published 21 July 2021

Personal injury guidelines to lead to significantly reduced payouts

New personal injury guidelines which will lead to significantly reduced payouts in most cases have been approved by the Judicial Council.

Published 8 March 2021

Board of Judicial Council to meet today

The Board of the Judicial Council will meet today after bringing forward its meeting due to the ongoing controversy around Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe's future on the Supreme Court bench.

Published 17 November 2020

Woulfe meeting with Chief Justice delayed for 'personal reasons'

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe postponed his planned meeting with Chief Justice Frank Clarke this morning for "personal reasons".

Published 5 October 2020

Two 'constitutionally permissible' models for personal injuries payment cap

The Law Reform Commission has identified two "constitutionally permissible" models for capping personal injuries pay-outs in Ireland.

Published 30 September 2020

Lay members appointed to Judicial Council committees

Lay members have been appointed to a number of Judicial Council committees and nominated for the panel of inquiry.

Published 22 July 2020

Prisoner numbers continue to rise in Ireland

Prisoner numbers continued to rise in Ireland last year, putting pressure on the penal system in areas including prisoner accommodation, the provision of services and the volume of prisoner escorts.

Published 15 June 2020

Recruitment begins for lay members of Judicial Council

Recruitment for lay members of the Judicial Council has begun, in another milestone for the new judicial body.

Published 20 April 2020

New Judicial Council will defend judicial independence and the rule of law

The new Judicial Council will "authoritatively assert judicial independence and respect for the rule of law should it ever come under threat", Chief Justice Frank Clarke has told its inaugural meeting.

Published 7 February 2020

Judicial Council formally established in 'landmark moment' for Ireland

Legislation allowing for the establishment of the Judicial Council has been commenced in a "landmark moment in the history of our State".

Published 18 December 2019

Personal injuries guidelines committee members selected by Chief Justice

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, has identified judges to sit on the Judicial Council's personal injuries guidelines committee, he announced this morning.

Published 19 November 2019

Chief Justice: Establishment of Judicial Council must be 'legally robust'

The establishment of the new Judicial Council must be "legally robust" and shouldn't be rushed, the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, has said.

Published 4 October 2019

Judicial Council moves forward with signing of first commencement order

A major milestone in the establishment of the Judicial Council was reached yesterday as Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan signed the first commencement order related to the body.

Published 10 September 2019

Judicial Council to be established by end of year after landmark bill passed

The proposed Judicial Council is set to be established by the end of the year following the passing of the landmark Judicial Council Bill by the Oireachtas yesterday.

Published 10 July 2019

Judicial Council Bill expected to clear Oireachtas today

The Judicial Council Bill is expected to clear the Oireachtas today after it returns to the Seanad for a final vote.

Published 9 July 2019