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Sir John Gillen to lead review of serious sex crimes

Sir John Gillen to lead review of serious sex crimes

The retired Court of Appeal judge Sir John Gillen has been appointed to lead an independent review of the arrangements to deliver justice in serious sexual offence cases. Sir Gillen previously carried out the judge-led review of Northern Ireland’s civil and family justice systems. The review has been commissioned by the Criminal Justice Board, which […]

Civil liberties group voices concern over charity watchdog’s ‘political art’ ruling

Civil liberties group voices concern over charity watchdog’s ‘political art’ ruling

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has voiced “serious concern” for freedom of expression and association in Ireland following the removal of a mural at the behest of the Charities Regulator. The regulator ordered the Project Arts Centre charity to remove an artwork reading “Repeal the 8th” because it constituted “political activity” in contravention […]

Lords vote to retain EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit

Lords vote to retain EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit

The House of Lords last night voted by a majority of 71 to keep the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after the UK leaves the European Union. Peers voted by 316 to 245 in favour of retaining the Charter after Brexit. The UK government’s defeat will now be considered in the Commons, where MPs may […]

CJEU: Torture victims eligible for subsidiary protection if facing intentional deprivation of health care

CJEU: Torture victims eligible for subsidiary protection if facing intentional deprivation of health care

A person tortured in the past in their country of origin is eligible for subsidiary protection if they face a real risk of being intentionally deprived in that country of appropriate physical and psychological health care, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled. The UK Supreme Court asked the CJEU whether […]

HHD Solicitors secure release of EU national unlawfully detained

HHD Solicitors secure release of EU national unlawfully detained

HHD Solicitors secured the release of an EU national who was unlawfully detained at Belfast Ferry Port and transferred to Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Scotland. Mr Blindu, a Romanian national, was detained on 8 December 2015 by immigration officials who alleged he had entered the UK unlawfully following his apparent deportation on grounds of […]

England and Wales: Probation officers ordered not to recommend suspended sentences

England and Wales: Probation officers ordered not to recommend suspended sentences

Probation officers in England and Wales will no longer recommend suspended sentences out of concern that they are being misued, The Guardian reports. In a leaked letter addressed to judges, magistrates and probation officers, Lord Justice Treacy, chairman of the Sentencing Council, said suspended sentences are being wrongly used “as a more severe form of […]

Lady Hale calls for introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales

Lady Hale calls for introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales

The President of the UK Supreme Court, Lady Hale, has called for the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales, The Times reports. At a conference for family law specialists in Bristol, Lady Hale addressed critics who claim that no-fault divorce will undermine marriages. “It may seem paradoxical to suggest that no-fault divorce is […]

European Commission reveals proposed protections for whistleblowers

European Commission reveals proposed protections for whistleblowers

The European Commission has published its proposals for new EU-wide standards for the protection of whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law. The proposal for a Directive on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law establishes safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities. It also protects whistleblowers […]

US: Court rules monkey lacks legal standing

US: Court rules monkey lacks legal standing

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that a monkey does not have legal standing to lodge a copyright claim against a nature photographer because he is not a person. In 2011, British photographer David Slater was taking photos in Tangkoko reserve in Indonesia when crested macaque Naruto (pictured) allegedly swiped Mr Slater’s […]

DWF celebrates fifth year in practice in Ireland

DWF celebrates fifth year in practice in Ireland

International legal business DWF has celebrated its fifth consecutive year in practice in Ireland and a recent period of accelerated growth. In the past year, the firm’s Dublin office has seen a 120 per cent increase in turnover and over 50 per cent growth in client base, as well as the expansion of its team […]