Attack on judge condemned by The Council of The Bar of Ireland

14 December 2015

Physical assault in Court described as a ‘new low’ .

Chairman of the Council of the Bar of Ireland David Barniville SC has said the reported attack of a Judge  today during the course of her work is deplorable and to be utterly condemned.

It was reported that Judge Miriam Walsh was assaulted while hearing a domestic violence case at Dolphin House in Temple Bar.

David Barniville said; “Judges are impartial decision makers whose work is driven by the pursuit of justice, for all members of society.  The physical attack on Judge Walsh today is an affront to justice. It is a new low, and one that I hope will never be repeated.

Mr Barniville added that the incident highlights the great importance of appropriate facilities and security in our courts; “There must be a thorough investigation into the circumstances under which Judge Walsh could be attacked in this deplorable way. It is important the appropriate measures and facilities are afforded to the justice system, for the protection of both the judiciary and legal professionals, as well as members of the public attending the court.”


To speak with David Barnivlle SC contact Sinead McGovern, Q4PR 087 6411725