Irish judges among the most independent in EU
IRISH judges are perceived to be among the most independent in the European Union (EU), according to a survey on European justice systems.
The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard ranks Irish judges second highest in the EU in terms of perceived judicial independence, slightly behind Finland.
Irish judges also receive more continuous training in EU law or the law of other EU states.
The Scoreboard, an initiative of the European Commission, is part of a yearly cycle of economic policy co-ordination called the European Semester.
The Commission said: "Perception of independence is important, as it can influence business investment decisions but what is more important is that judicial independence is effectively protected."