Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
Could you explain more about the background to your question please
I see that this is in fact a question relationg to Eire so I shall opt out and transfer it to the correct section
1. When determining whether the court will set aside a conviction of this nature, there is a test of whether there was objective bias in the case. This means that a bystander must be able to say objectively that he perceived bias in the situation looking at it in the round. In your situation, the Garda and the witness were personal friends. This is not sufficient to win. Your case must go further and show that this influenced the GArda in the case. So there needs to be more to win. Generally only one in three appeal from the High Court to the Supreme Court win. So, your legal team needs to up their game in the Supreme Court. You should consider whether you can adduce additional evidence which would show that the personal influence gave rise to bias. Something more than would show it influenced the GArda.
2. So you should be seeing if one of these witnesses who gave evidence of the friendship can go further and show the friendship influenced the Garda and gave rise to bias. Additional evidence can be adduced before the case is held in the Supreme Court.