Coronavirus

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As we enter the darkest days we have faced since World War Two, the thoughts of the team at Irish Legal News are with our readers and their families – but also with the many law firms which have only recently recovered from the crash of 2008 and its consequences. They now face an even greater

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A leading childcare lawyer has paid tribute to legal professionals and courts staff for being "responsible and responsive" in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Gareth Noble, partner at KOD Lyons, told Irish Legal News that new court policies and practice directions introduced in recent days "hav

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All court business in Northern Ireland will be consolidated in five courthouses with effect from tomorrow, the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, has announced. The move follows previous measures announced to slow the spread of coronavirus during the global COVID-19 pandemic and will see only ur

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The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said it will closely monitor the Government's use of new emergency powers introduced to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement yesterday, the rights group said new restrictions on non-essential services and outside gatherings were "necessary

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Written court judgments will be delivered by email instead of being handed down in court under new measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement this morning, the Courts Service of Ireland said the move had been agreed by the Chief Justice and the presidents of each court jurisdiction

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Additional measures to prevent crowding in the Criminal Courts of Justice have been announced after "a glitch in the situation" yesterday. There was unexpected crowding in the courts yesterday morning due to "an unexpected emergency application", a Courts Service spokesperson said.

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The UK Supreme Court (UKSC) and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) will hear all cases and deliver judgments through video conferencing from today. The UKSC and JCPC are adjusting working practices to ensure that the courts can continue to function, whilst taking appropriate steps to com

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Sarah O'Mahony, associate in the real estate team at William Fry, explores the challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of commercial property. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, landlords and tenants of commercial property have had cause to closely consider their respective obligations under a

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A Cork barrister who tested positive for coronavirus is recovering at home after three days in hospital. Kieran Hughes, 65, was contacted by the HSE and tested after coming into contact with someone confirmed as having COVID-19.

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Guidance on virtual court etiquette in England and Wales has been issued by a judge. Lord Justice Fulford, Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), has outlined the default position for hearings conducted online during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pubs could lose their licenses if they flout non-binding Government recommendations to close for two weeks, a senior barrister has warned. Constance Cassidy SC, who specialises in liquor license applications, told The Irish Times that pubs could be punished through the licensing process even in the

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