Legal News

Children suffering following Family Breakdown

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Barnardos has said that children are getting lost in the emotional and legal turmoil following family separation and breakdown. They have called on the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to make sure that his upcoming reform of the family law system puts the focus on children in separation cases and introduce a whole system of
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New Family Law Court System in the Offing

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Plans for a two-tier family court system staffed by specialist judges experienced in family law have been outlined by the Justice Minister, Alan Shatter. This will require a referendum in 2014. A new two-tier system is being proposed.  A lower court would have jurisdiction over family law and childcare issues. The higher court would have
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Minister for Justice’s Update

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Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD made some interesting points at the recent Annual Conference of the Law Society in Killarney. In his speech, he outlined changes to the Family Courts, discussed the proposed abolition of the Seanad and explained the rationale behind various bills that will pass through the Oireachtas during
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Childcare Reporting

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For the first time reports of court proceedings where children are taken into the care of the Health Service Executive (HSE) are being published. The Child Care Law Reporting Project will allow people to see for the first time why children end up in HSE care. The law currently prohibits the media from reporting on
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The Courts Bill 2013

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The Courts Bill 2013 makes important changes to the jurisdictions of Irish Court including raising the monetary limit in Circuit Court proceedings to €75,000. The Bill also alters the in camera rule which prevents the media from reporting family law cases. The monetary jurisdiction limits of the Circuit Court and District Court have remained unchanged
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