Coronavirus

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Jury trials and other courts and tribunals business are continuing in Northern Ireland following the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions on Friday. Crown Court trials have resumed at six courthouse locations since August in the Laganside courts complex in Belfast and at Antrim, Craigavon, Newry, Col

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No new juries will be sworn in to hear trials at the Central Criminal Court if the government opts for a Level 5 lockdown, it emerged this morning. Mr Justice Michael White today said that trials can continue during Level 4 restrictions with juries to be selected from smaller panels to allow for soc

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The president of the High Court has criticised lawyers for failing to follow public health guidelines in the courts, including the requirement for two-metre physical distancing. Ms Justice Mary Irvine said there were "more practitioners offending than complying with their social distancing obligatio

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Courts in Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan will remain open following the introduction of tighter Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight. In a statement, the Courts Service said it had reviewed the guidance on Level 4 which will apply to the areas and will keep the courts open with protective public

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Prison visits are set to be "temporarily suspended" in Northern Ireland from Friday evening following a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions. The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) said the decision was made "following a discussion with the Justice Minister" and in response to further restriction

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Scottish lawyers have voiced their opposition to any entrenchment of remote justice following comments from the Lord President that Scotland's legal system will not return to the status quo. Since the lockdown in March, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has developed new digital

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Lawyers have welcomed an extension of jury trials to include a total of six court venues across Northern Ireland. Trials are now taking place in the Laganside Courts in Belfast as well as in Antrim, Craigavon, Newry, Coleraine and Dungannon Courthouses.

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The House of Lords Constitution Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the constitutional issues raised by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is exploring the impact of the pandemic on:  Calls for written evidence on the courts and Parliament strands of the inquiry have closed, and the committee is in

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Ryanair DAC has lost judicial review proceedings challenging the legality of the Government of Ireland’s coronavirus travel advice. The High Court found that the government did not usurp the legislative power, and that it did not exceed its executive power.

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Lawyers for a self-employed chef are challenging the UK government's criteria for access to the Covid-19 job retention scheme. Brian Donaldson, the former chef to the Northern Ireland football squad at the Euros in 2016, switched from employee status to become self-employed last year.

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Immigration and international protection permissions have been extended for a fifth and possibly final time. Justice Minister Helen McEntee today announced the temporary extension for permissions that are due to expire between 20 September 2020 and 20 January 2021.

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A judge who had close contact with somebody with Covid-19 has directed a jury in an ongoing criminal trial from his home. Judge James McCourt, appearing yesterday morning via video link to the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, told the jury that he was socially isolating at home after close cont

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