Special Criminal Court



Scoping exercise under way for review of laws underpinning Special Criminal Court

Officials have begun a scoping exercise ahead of a review of legislation underpinning the prosecution of terrorism and organised crime offences in the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Published 30 June 2020

Flanagan backs review of laws underpinning Special Criminal Court

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has backed a review of legislation underpinning the prosecution of terrorism and organised crime offences in the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Published 24 June 2020

Special Criminal Court could collapse this summer without new government

The non-jury Special Criminal Court may have to stop hearing cases by July if a new government is not formed in time, experts have said.

Published 19 May 2020

Senior judge sees 'no reason why non-jury trials cannot proceed' in spite of pandemic

A senior judge has said there is no reason why non-jury trials cannot proceed in the Special Criminal Court when many other upcoming court cases have been placed in doubt over the coronavirus crisis.

Published 31 March 2020

Brother of man who suffered notorious miscarriage of justice reiterates inquiry call

The brother of a man who spent over a year behind bars in one of Ireland's most notorious miscarriages of justice has called for a new inquiry and a review into the Special Criminal Court.

Published 19 February 2020

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

Second non-jury Special Criminal Court to be wound down

The second Special Criminal Court, which was set up in 2016 to tackle a backlog of terrorism and organised crime cases, is set to be wound down.

Published 26 August 2019

Flanagan defends non-jury Special Criminal Court as provisions renewed

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan insisted that the Special Criminal Court is compatible with fundamental human rights as he secured Oireachtas approval for its continued operation.

Published 13 June 2019