Coronavirus

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A female prisoner in Northern Ireland has tested positive for Covid-19 for the first time, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has said. The positive test at Hydebank Wood College comes around four months after the first positive test of a prisoner in Northern Ireland in Maghaberry last September.

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Judges should challenge family lawyers who send emails outside acceptable hours, the president of the family courts in England and Wales has said. In an update on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the family courts, Sir Andrew McFarlane said court hearings and emails taking place "without any r

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Nearly four in ten Irish-listed companies held closed AGMs in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report from business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran LLP. The firm's AGM Season Report 2020 reviews the types of AGMs that took place during the pandemic and the implications of

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Property sales and viewings can continue under the new Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland, the Department for Communities has confirmed. The Northern Ireland Executive imposed increased restrictions for six weeks beginning 26 December 2020, which will be tightened further on Friday.

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The International Convention Centre in Belfast (ICC) has been deployed as Northern Ireland's first "Nightingale venue" to facilitate court and tribunals business. However, the ICC is only being used for jury assembly this week pending "rigorous risk assessments", which the Northern Ireland Courts an

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A former lawyer who used social media to report from Wuhan following the first outbreak of Covid-19 last February has been jailed for four years for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble". Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old human rights activist who was also detained in 2019 for speaking in support of anti

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Immigration and international protection permissions have been temporarily extended for a further two months. This is the sixth extension announced by Justice Minister Helen McEntee since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the third described as "final".

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Physical visits to Irish prisons will be suspended from midnight tomorrow under the latest Covid-19 restrictions. All physical visits booked after 24 December 2020 have now been cancelled and families have been urged to rebook a video visit.

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There should be an expansion in the use of remote and "hybrid" hearings to avoid the backlog in civil cases growing next year, commercial and insurance risk law specialist BLM has said. The Courts Service announced earlier this month that the backlog in the summons scheduling waiting list has been r

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Businesses in Northern Ireland have been protected from the threat of eviction for non-payment of rent for a further three months. Finance Minister Conor Murphy has extended emergency provisions for commercial tenants in the Coronavirus Act 2020 until 31 March 2021.

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Jury trials and other courts and tribunals hearings will continue to be held following the imposition of new Covid-19 restrictions, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said. The Northern Ireland Executive has announced a significant tightening of public health restrictions for a six-week period starting

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The Workplace Relations Commission has launched a public consultation on the drafting of a new code of practice on the "right to disconnect". The code will set out guidance for employees and employers with regard to best practice and approaches to employee disengagement outside normal working hours.

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Remote hearings are not delivering effective access to justice in Northern Ireland's family courts, research by an Ulster University academic suggests. The new report by Professor Gráinne McKeever on the impact of Covid-19 on the family courts, based on interviews with practitioners and litig

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