Beyond Independence and Accountability
Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek
Chapter 10: Reluctant reformers? Formalizing judicial regulation in Ireland
Ireland’s judiciary, though small in size, has developed a strong tradition of independence and enjoys a high level of public confidence. If recent controversies have called into question some of the unarticulated traditional conventions about the role of the judiciary and its relations with the political organs, they have also arguably led to an important debate about judicial regulation in Ireland. While the judiciary itself has been proactive in seeking reform, it has met with reluctance from the political organs whose cooperation is essential for meaningful regulatory reform.
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