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Injustice

What is the economic cost of a proper defence? Inevitably, it will vary from case to case, but Clive Stafford Smith estimates that 1,000 hours will be needed for the task. That’s 83 days. Now assume an hourly rate for the lawyer at €300 (because that is less than the rate allowed by the Irish High Court for some company liquidators) and we can work out the cost of the defence, – €300,000.

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Letter to UK Secretary Of State for Justice re recent case regarding extradition to the UK and indeterminate sentencing.

The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke MP QC Secretary of State for Justice Ministry of Justice 102 Petty France London SW1H 9AJ United Kingdom   RE:  The Minister for Justice & Equality v GN Dear Minister, We refer to the above. Your administration reference is, we believe, Criminal Appeal Office Reference Number 200702371 A8; Indictment Number T20057096. The respondent, GN is our client. We act for him arising from a request from the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency for his extradition. […]

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Imprisonment for Life

McGarr Solicitors represent a client, in his challenge to a variety of indeterminate sentence, before the High Court, and will report the outcome of the case in due course.

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Criminal Behaviour?

The Minister’s mode of expression is a “first strike” in a blame game where the Minister’s antagonists are weak and disparate and their work is obscure to most citizens.

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The Paperless Court

That will become more difficult without ready access, without quibble, to all the prosecution material, particularly the stuff the prosecutor deems not relevant or necessary to his/her case.

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Answer That

There are some charges you just can’t beat; being a pig must be one.

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Dactyloscopy

In fact fingerprints are material for heavy duty intellectual analysis.

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Flying a Balloon?

The Gardaí have had a history of their own difficulties with search warrants and the like.

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Government

Does the MJELR keep a horse? Does he not notice he needs to clean his stables?

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The Prosecutor

Under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1974 most criminal prosecutions are in the charge of the Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”). Some offences are assigned to other legal persons (e.g. Government Ministers) for processing in prosecution by the statute under which they are created. In fact most criminal prosecutions are brought by members of the Garda Siochana in the name of the DPP. Before the 1974 act the prosecutor was the Attorney General. Consequently, it was, before 1974, a social […]

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