Coronavirus

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A team at Mason Hayes & Curran has developed a new online platform designed to support businesses who are adapting their operations to meet the urgent market needs created by COVID-19. The new "Co Deploy" portal was created by the business law firm as its submission to the Financial Times Innova

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Most offenders in youth diversion programmes are complying with restrictions introduced to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study. Researchers at University of Limerick are examining how young people participating in Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP) are responding to the COVI

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A prosecutor has resigned after visiting the home of a journalist in Tokyo to play mahjong during Japan's lockdown. Hiromu Kurokawa, 63, head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, gambled with the reporters, according to weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun, in violation of the state-of-emergency m

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Anyone attending court will have their name and contact details recorded for contact tracing purposes under new measures introduced to allow full physical court sittings to resume. Physical court sittings were limited on Wednesday to a maximum of two hours per day after an Oireachtas committee was t

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Solicitors are being forced to break public health guidelines in order to advise clients in Garda custody, according to a damning new report. Whereas solicitors in Northern Ireland have been allowed since mid-April to advise clients during police interviews via video link, no such facility has been

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Major Irish law firms including Matheson, William Fry and Eversheds Sutherland are continuing to make strategic hires and welcome newly-qualified solicitors, trainees and interns in spite of the COVID-19 crisis, Irish Legal News can reveal. Top-level hires completed in recent weeks have included con

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Nearly a third of solicitor applications and nearly half of barrister applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme have been rejected. The Legal Services Agency (LSA), which launched the scheme two weeks ago, has revealed it had received 818 requests by Friday 15 May.

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Full court sittings will resume "as soon as tomorrow" with new safety measures, the Courts Service has indicated. Physical court sittings were yesterday limited to a maximum of two hours per day while clarification was sought on health advice given to the Oireachtas.

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A criminal defence lawyer has sharply criticised safety measures at a specialist COVID-19 custody suite established by the PSNI in Belfast. The new "interview room with a perspex screen" at the Musgrave police station "is inadequate at best, and downright dangerous at worst", solicitor Joe Rice

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Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has apologised to locals for the way in which the Direct Provision centre at the Skellig Star hotel in Cahersiveen was opened. Nearly 70 people seeking international protection were moved to the centre on 18 and 19 March from a hotel in Dublin where another guest su

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PhD student Jane Mulcahy has defended her thesis on post-release supervision of long-sentence male prisoners in UCC School of Law's first-ever "virtual viva". Ms Mulcahy had to defend her thesis, Connected Corrections and Corrected Connections: post-release supervision of long sentence male prisoner

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Physical court sittings have been limited to a maximum of two hours per day while the Courts Service seeks clarification on health advice given to the Oireachtas. The special committee on the COVID-19 response yesterday heard that spending two hours in an enclosed setting with someone who later deve

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At least one Dublin law firm has reopened its city centre office as Irish law firms prepare to return to their physical workplaces under the five-phase government roadmap. M.P. Moloney Solicitors reopened its office at 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 for client and notary public services yesterday,

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Suggestions that ordinary criminal trials should take place without juries or with a smaller number of jurors during the COVID-19 emergency have been rejected by The Bar of Ireland. In a submission to the Courts Service, the barristers' body said the "draconian measure" of reducing the number of jur

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Lawyers have experienced an increase in queries from employees who have been asked to return to work despite no change in public health guidance in Northern Ireland. Law Centre NI said recent statements by Prime Minister Boris Johnson had led to confusion in Northern Ireland, where advice for worker

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