Court of Appeal: Sentence appeal allowed on indecent assault case

The Court of Appeal has partially allowed an appeal, with regard to sentence, of a man who sexually abused two of his sisters.

Published 26 June 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

Court of Appeal clarifies use of Enhanced Combination Orders in sexual assault trials

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has clarified the circumstances in which an Enhanced Combination Order (ECO) can be imposed on sex offenders.

Published 13 May 2020

Loyalist 'supergrass' has prison sentence increased on appeal

A six-and-a-half year prison sentence for a loyalist killer who became a "supergrass" after his arrest has been found unduly lenient by the Court of Appeal.

Published 17 April 2020

Court of Appeal: Sentences increased for men who robbed Post Office at gunpoint

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentences of four men for armed robbery of a post office.

Published 11 March 2020

Supreme Court: Surrounding circumstances of abuse must be considered in rape cases

In a matrimonial rape case involving a pattern of abuse, threats to kill, and a violent attack with a hammer after the rape, the Supreme Court has set out the sentencing principles which must be observed when dealing with a pattern of violent and abusive behaviour.

Published 9 December 2019

Seminar to hear calls for alternative approach to young offenders

Alternative sentencing and policy approaches are needed to reduce the offending rate among young adults, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.

Published 22 November 2019

Public consultation on sentencing launched following major review

A public consultation on sentencing policy has been launched by the Department of Justice following a major review.

Published 28 October 2019

Johnson unveils controversial plans to overhaul sentencing, prisons and stop-and-search

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to "overhaul the criminal justice system" in England and Wales by reviewing sentencing policy, investing £2.5 billion in the construction of new prisons, and strengthening police stop-and-search powers.

Published 12 August 2019

Department of Justice received dozens of letters urging harsher punishment last year

The Department of Justice received dozens of letters and emails last year calling for harsher punishment for criminals, usually prompted by media reporting on high-profile trials.

Published 8 August 2019

Terrorist and paramilitary offences added to unduly lenient sentence scheme

People found guilty of crimes linked to terrorism, paramilitarism and organised crime groups could now see their sentences reconsidered under the unduly lenient sentence (ULS) scheme.

Published 2 August 2019

UK Supreme Court to hear appeal over Michael Stone parole decision

The UK Supreme Court has provided a date for a parole decision appeal by prisoner Michael Stone.

Published 2 August 2019

Court of Appeal: Man with 'higher than usual mitigation' has sentence for drugs charges reduced on appeal

A man who was found with drugs valued at nearly €270,000 during a search of his house has had his sentence decreased in the Court of Appeal.

Published 30 July 2019

Court of Appeal reserves judgment in case where wife asked judge not to jail husband who raped her

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on whether to alter the sentence of a man who was jailed for three years after raping his wife, who asked a judge not to send him to prison.

Published 30 July 2019

Judge warns against 'populist pressure' to limit judicial discretion in sentencing

A judge in the Court of Appeal has warned against “populist pressure” to pass a law that would limit the discretion of judges handing down sentences, The Times reports.

Published 1 July 2019