A case of the unprecedented in the courts

From the Golfgate fallout to hearings going virtual, the judiciary has been buffeted by the winds of the pandemic this year

Lemon & Duke was one of several pubs to take a case against insurers FBD. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Last February, the Supreme Court sat in Waterford for the first time in history. Standing close together, the eight most senior judges in the country listened to Frank Clarke, the Chief Justice, define the court as the “guardian of the Constitution and the ultimate enforcer for the rights and obligations for which it provides”.

In the months since, Clarke has diagnosed that same court as being “irreparably” damaged, and the Constitution has been brought to ...