Amicus Curiae

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 Right to Silence Case

Latest update: April 2019

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

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

Latest update: March 2019

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

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

Latest update: March 2019

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

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

Latest update: February 2019

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

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

Latest update: February 2019

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

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

Latest update: November 2018

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

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

Latest update: October 2018

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

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

Latest update: October 2018

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

Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before High Court in Case Focused on Human Trafficking

Latest update: October 2018

Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before High Court in Case Focused on Human Trafficking

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

Latest update: October 2018

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

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

Latest update: October 2018

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

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to Assist Court in Family Reunification Cases

Latest update: June 2018

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to Assist Court in Family Reunification Cases

Unconstitutional Ruling in Review of Detention Case Welcomed by Human Rights and Equality Commission

Latest update: May 2018

Unconstitutional Ruling in Review of Detention Case Welcomed by Human Rights and Equality Commission  

Commission Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling in Significant Right to Private and Family Life Case

Latest update: April 2018

Commission Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling in Significant Right to Private and Family Life Case

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears in Contempt of Court Case

Latest update: April 2018

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears in Contempt of Court Case

Human Rights and Equality Commission Notes Ruling Regarding Case Where DPP Decided Not to Prosecute

Latest update: April 2018

Human Rights and Equality Commission Notes Ruling Regarding Case Where DPP Decided Not to Prosecute

 

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears in Mental Health Hospital Detention Case

Latest update: March 2018

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears in Mental Health Hospital Detention Case

Commission Welcomes Court of Appeal Determination on Deprivation of Liberty

Latest update: February 2018

Commission Welcomes Court of Appeal Determination on Deprivation of Liberty

Commission Seeks Engagement with Government & Oireachtas on Right to Work of People in Direct Provision

Latest update: February 2018

Commission Seeks Engagement with Government & Oireachtas on Right to Work of People in Direct Provision

Right to Private and Family Life Cases

Latest update: November 2017

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears in Supreme Court Right to Private and Family Life Cases

Right to Work of People in Direct Provision

Latest update: November 2017 

Proposals on Right to Work of People in Direct Provision

Mental Health Hospital Detention Case

Latest update: October 2017

Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before Court of Appeal in Mental Health Hospital Detention Case

Right of Access to Effective Remedy in Discrimination Cases

Latest update: March 2017

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Welcomes Judgment Clarifying Right of Access to Effective Remedy in Discrimination Cases

Human rights of children in detention

Latest update: January 2017

Applicant v The Director of Oberstown Detention Centre and Another – Jan 2017