Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before Supreme Court in Wardship Case

The Commission’s legal powers include the power to apply to the High Court, Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court for liberty to appear before the courts as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in proceedings that involve or are concerned with  human rights or equality.

Recent submissions

Here are some of the cases that the Commission has sought liberty of the Superior Courts to intervene as amicus curiae.  These cases relate to important matters of human rights and equality including data privacy remedies, prisoners’ rights, children’s rights, the rights of asylum seekers and non-EU nationals to live/work in Ireland and the bringing of complaints pursuant to the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015.

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears Before Supreme Court in Ward of Court Case

9 May 2019

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has this week appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a case that explores whether the procedures under which someone can be confined to a hospital or nursing home, and made a ward of court are...

Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before Supreme Court in Right to Fair Trial Case

10 Apr 2019

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today been granted liberty from the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in an internationally significant case relating to the European Arrest Warrant system and an individual’s right to a fair trial. The...

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears Before Supreme Court in Right to Silence Case

4 Apr 2019

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a significant case that is examining the right to silence when a person is questioned as part of a criminal investigation. The case (Sweeney v. Minister for...

Judgment on the Right to Family Reunification issued by the Court of Appeal

29 Mar 2019

Commission Exercised Amicus Curiae Role in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is examining a judgment delivered today by the Court of Appeal in two joined family reunification cases. The Commission has acted as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the cases. In its judgment, delivered by Ms. Justice Baker, the Court...

Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Reasonable Workplace Accommodation at Question in Supreme Court Case

14 Mar 2019

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears Before Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a significant case on the rights of persons with disabilities to have reasonable accommodations made in...

Supreme Court Ruling Points to Significant Changes in How Contempt of Court to be Dealt With in Irish Courts

25 Feb 2019

Commission Exercised Amicus Curiae Role in Case Decided Today The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has welcomed today’s significant judgment of the Supreme Court in which the Commission exercised its amicus curiae (“friend of the Court”) function. The judgment in the case of Mr. Kevin Tracey, sees the Supreme Court clarify the...

Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before Supreme Court in Right to Silence Case

19 Feb 2019

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today been granted leave by the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a significant case that is examining the right to silence when a person is questioned as part of a criminal investigation. The case (Sweeney...

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears before Court of Appeal in Family Reunification Cases

27 Nov 2018

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Court of Appeal as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in two cases involving family reunification for naturalised refugees. The test cases ‘MAM’ and ‘KN’, which are being heard jointly, involve significant human rights issues. In both, the Minister...

Human Rights and Equality Commission Focuses on Standards of Evidence and Proof, in Right to Fair Trial Case

31 Oct 2018

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae before the High Court The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the High Court as an amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in an internationally significant case relating to a European Arrest Warrant and an individual’s right to a fair trial. The Commission in its legal submissions...

Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before Supreme Court in Wardship Case

18 Oct 2018

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has been granted leave by the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a case which involves a woman in a nursing home who is a ward of court. The Supreme Court recently granted permission...