Using the similitude of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, David Langwallner blogs about the injustice, lack of concept and heavy workload of most Irish courts for the Dublin Review of books.

While law may very well be perceived as the fundamental and exact basis of our social order, reading the Irish legal system through Dickens gives us a behind-the-scenes perspective from which fiction seems closer to the truth than our perceptions would have it, and it's not a pretty sight.

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Publication date: April 18, 2017