Courts and tribunals in Northern Ireland will continue to operate during the second two-week "circuit breaker" lockdown, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said. In a statement issued before the start of increased restrictions tomorrow, Mrs Long reiterated that courts and tribunals staff, the judiciary
An Irish man leading the World Health Organisation's (WHO) global response to the Covid-19 pandemic is to receive The Bar of Ireland's annual human rights award. Dr Michael J Ryan, WHO executive director, has been nominated for the award in recognition of his tireless work and leadership in the fiel
A ban on children's outdoor sport in Northern Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic is a "clear violation" of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a Magherafelt lawyer has said. Stephen Atherton, director at John J McNally & Co Solicitors, has announced his intention to bring a judicial
The suspension of laws allowing employees to demand redundancy after a certain length of temporary lay-off has been extended until the end of March 2021. The move is intended to help avoid further permanent job losses at a time when some 350,000 people are in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Pay
The vast majority of legal aid lawyers in England and Wales are suffering from stress and most have trouble sleeping, MPs have been told. Evidence collected by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) from over 400 lawyers and submitted to the Commons justice select committee's inquiry into the futu
Staff at Belfast and Newry firm JMK Solicitors have been working remotely from across Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Izabella Andrzejewska, a member of the JMK graduate programme, has availed of the opportunity to work full-time from her home in Poland, around 1,500 miles away from Belfast.
Justice Minister Helen McEntee has relaunched a major national awareness campaign on sexual harassment and sexual violence which was paused at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The three-year "No Excuses" campaign was paused in March but will now resume through a new TV ad, reinforced by outdoor a
Thousands of elderly Spaniards are seeking to disinherit their children if they have neglected them during the lockdown. Spanish support networks for the elderly have reported a fivefold increase in calls from old people asking how to cut their children from their will.
Two of Ireland's largest prisons are facing suspected outbreaks of Covid-19. A firearms trial at the Special Criminal Court was postponed this morning due to a suspected outbreak at Mountjoy Prison, according to reports.
Protests will no longer be exempted from Covid-19 restrictions in England under new lockdown rules taking effect from tomorrow. The new regulations do not explicitly ban protests, but do not include the explicit exemption found in earlier regulations, according to media reports.
State papers from 1990 which would have been released this year under the 30-year rule will not be transferred to the National Archives until 2021. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said it will not be able to unseal papers this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Irish Times
Tougher penalties for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions have not been brought into force in Northern Ireland due to delays in printing enforcement notices, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said. The Northern Ireland Executive agreed nearly a month ago to increase the minimum fine to £200 and al
The Bar Council of Ireland has raised concerns with the Courts Service about devils missing out on courtroom experience due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to reports. Despite early assurances, devils are being routinely denied entry to courtrooms due to strict restrictions on the number of peop
Parents whose children are subject of access orders should "try to agree what access can happen safely", the president of the District Court has said. In a statement issued on Saturday, Judge Colin Daly acknowledged that some parents "may be concerned that they cannot fulfil the terms of these order