The District Court free criminal aid scheme, which has so far been restricted to solicitors, is being extended to include barristers.
The decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court that defendants should be entitled to representation by counsel in serious or complicated cases.
New rules came into effect recently allowing applicants to apply to the Registrar of Companies to reserve a specified name for a company prior to incorporation.
If the proposed name is acceptable to the Registrar the applicant will be notified that the proposed name is reserved for a period of 28 days. During this period no other company may be incorporated with the reserved name.
An application fee of €25 is due with all applications and an additional €25 is required for an extension of the reservation period. Applications to reserve a specified name may be submitted to the Companies Online Registration Environment service available on the CRO website www.cro.ie
Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has banned upward only rent review clauses in business leases. The banning order on upward only rent reviews will amend clauses under section 132 of the Land and Conveyancing Law reform Act. The section will come into operation on 28 February 2010. The ban will only apply to leases taken out after this date.