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Trial by Social Media

Trial by Social Media

Until the age of social media, most democracies had well-established rules for protecting reputations and determining serious allegations, at both criminal and civil level. Publishers of defamatory comments could be sued for damages. If a serious criminal allegation was made against an individual, he or she could cross-examine his or

Difficulties with the Proposed Mother and Baby Homes Redress Scheme

This short piece attempts to synopsize the difficulties present in the Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme Bill 2022 which is currently making its way through the Oireachtas. By way of background, when the Final Report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation was judicially reviewed in 2021,

Memorable Opening and Closing Paragraphs of Irish judgments: Part 2

Introduction Part 1 of this article (found here) provided a flavour of the many memorable opening and closing paragraphs of Irish judgments. The aim of Part 2 is to continue sharing these judgments, which are steeped in Irish legal history and many of which are accessible to be read by

Barristers’ Court Dress

(Originally published in Law Ireland in May 2020) In 1995, quite a stir was made when the barristers’ wig, formerly considered obligatory, was made optional under section 49 of the Courts and Courts Officers Act of that year. Some traditional judges were unimpressed by counsel who appeared before them wigless. Comments