Attorney-General (Ruddy) v Kenny

CourtSupreme Court
Judgment Date01 January 1960
Date01 January 1960
Attorney-General (Ruddy)

Opinion - Charge of driving while drunk - Evidence of Garda - Road Traffic Act, 1933, s. 30 - Courts of Justice Act,1924, s. 83 - Courts of Justice Act, 1936, s. 56.

The defendant was charged with driving a motor lorry with tractor attached while drunk. The prosecutor proposed to ask a police officer whether "in his opinion the defendant was drunk and incapable of driving the vehicle."The solicitor for the defendant objected to the question. The District Justice thereupon agreed to state a case for the opinion of the High Court whether evidence by a member of the Garda Siochana was admissible of his opinion that the defendant driver by reason of being drunk was unfit to drive. Held by Davitt...

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  • Nevin v Nevin
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    • Supreme Court
    • 7 February 2019
    ...Moore J. also offered a useful formulation of the rule against non-expert opinion evidence, in Attorney General (Ruddy) v Kenny (1960) 94 ILTR 185.:- ‘It is a long standing rule of our law of evidence that, with certain exceptions, a witness may not express an opinion as to a fact in issue......
  • O'Leary v Mercy University Hospital Cork Ltd
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • 31 May 2019
    ...actual knowledge or experience. By contrast, an expert witness may express opinions in respect of such facts (see AG (Ruddy) v. Kenny [1960] 94 ILTR 185 at p.190 In Ruddy, Kingsmill Moore J. explained the reasons for this distinction as including prejudice, faulty reasoning and inadequate ......
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    • High Court
    • 26 March 2008
    ...SE 24 (Ga App, 1909) (‘the liquid … smelled like whisky’); Sherrard v Jacob [1965] NILR 151 at 160 (‘felt and smelt’) (quoting Attorney-General (Ruddy) v Kenny (1960) 94 ILTR 185 at 191 per Kingsmill Moore J); R v Farr (2001) 118 A Crim R 399 (odour of cannabis on accused's 39 Ogden v Peopl......
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  • Gauging the reliability of scientific evidence in tort
    • Ireland
    • Irish Judicial Studies Journal Nbr. 1-6, January 2006
    • 1 January 2006
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