Coronavirus

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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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The criminal justice system in the UK has handled the COVID-19 crisis worse than countries like South Korea and Spain where more resources are made available, a sitting judge has said. Judge Keith Raynor, who sits in Woolwich Crown Court, sharply criticised the UK government's handling of the pandem

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Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe has met former Chief Justice Susan Denham as part of her investigation into his attendance at a controversial dinner which broke COVID-19 rules. Mr Justice Woulfe was accompanied by Michael Collins SC at the meeting, which was also attended by Shane Murphy SC, accordi

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Court business has been temporarily relocated after an individual who was in Craigavon Courthouse yesterday tested positive for COVID-19. The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS) and the Office of the Lord Chief Justice said all business in Courthouse Three had been relocated to Dun

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The Department of Justice has revealed that the Northern Ireland Prison Service has had its first positive COVID-19 test. A man remanded into custody to Maghaberry Prison on Thursday 3 September tested positive for the virus.

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Grammar school transfer tests are to be delayed until next January following successful legal challenges brought to the High Court in Belfast. The transfer tests set to take place in November and December 2020 after a two to three week delay will now take place in January 2021, lawyers for the Depar

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Solicitors will have to collect contact details for contact tracing purposes from all people attending court on behalf of the party they represent under a new practice direction. Practice directions CC 26 and HC 94, which came into effect yesterday, place new obligations on solicitors "in the intere

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Plans to introduce new Garda powers to close bars and restaurants which breach COVID-19 health regulations have been unveiled by ministers. The Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Bill 2020 will provide for three types of closure orders that may be issued to a bar or restaurant in circu

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The Bar Council of Ireland has pushed back at claims from the head of the Courts Service that some practitioners have "made a fortune" during the COVID-19 crisis. In an interview published by The Irish Times last Thursday, Angela Denning, CEO of the Courts Service, suggested that while some lawyers

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An Garda Síochána's routine use of spit hoods during the COVID-19 pandemic is incompatible with human rights law on torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, civil liberties campaigners have said. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) called

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Tom O'Malley SC considers golfgate and calls for any backlash or punishment of public officeholders in attendance to be rational and proportionate. The backstory to what has become known as Golfgate is now well-known. The Oireachtas Golf Society held a two-day outing on 18 and 19 August at Ballyconn

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