Elaine Byrne: The state has a duty to be prudent about spending money on court cases

The launch of the Attorney General’s State Litigation Principles is welcome, but it is unclear how they will work in practice

It is surprising how little analytical scrutiny has occurred in how the state conducts litigation on behalf of the public interest

The court process for many people is an intimidating, heart-wrenching and intense experience. Going to court is often as a consequence of a deeply stressful incident in an individual’s life. The prospect of saying out loud what happened to you in a room full of formalities and strangers requires bravery and resilience.

It is exhausting, and – depending on the subject matter – can trigger acute emotional responses. It can be expensive and can dominate ...