Legacy Inquests

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The presiding coroner for Northern Ireland has identified eight inquests which will be progressed under year two of the Lord Chief Justice's five-year plan for legacy inquests, which has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement today, Mr Justice David McFarland said: "The impact of the

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Attorney General Brenda King has ordered a fresh inquest into the shooting of six Catholic men in the New Lodge area of north Belfast in February 1973. The British Army initially said all six men had been shot by soldiers, but later said it appeared that loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for

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The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is investigating claims that the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) broke the law by failing to publish an equality assessment of its legacy proposals. The watchdog is investigating after a complaint was filed by the Committee on the Administration of Justice

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The first legacy inquest to take place under the five-year plan set out by the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, is set to begin at the end of the month. The 10 inquests set to be heard in the first year of the Lord Chief Justice’s plan to clear the entire backlog of 56 outstanding legacy

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The outgoing Commissioner for Victims and Survivors has called on the Executive Office to appoint a successor as a matter of urgency. Despite indicating her willingness to be reappointed, ministers confirmed last month that Judith Thompson's term will end on Monday.

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Les Allamby, chief commissioner for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, considers how Northern Ireland is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. How does a national human rights institution (NHRI) respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic when human rights and freedoms are curtailed?

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A new information sharing agreement has been struck between the PSNI and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI). The new memorandum follows months of discussions prompted by police failures to disclose "significant" evidence related to legacy cases to the watchdog.

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The first tranche of legacy inquests due to be heard as part of a five-year plan may begin to be heard in October in unprecedented "hybrid" hearings following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The presiding coroner for Northern Ireland, Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan, who will soon be succeeded in

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Lawyers for an IRA man alleged to have been killed by a secretive British military unit have launched proceedings against the PSNI over his exclusion from a new investigation. Belfast firm KRW LAW LLP is representing the family of Daniel McAreavey, who was shot and killed in the Lower Falls in Octob

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The establishment of an independent Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) outside of the PSNI risks turning Northern Ireland into a "police state", two senior lawyers have claimed. Writing in the News Letter, Belfast solicitor Neil Faris and Peter Smith CBE QC, who served on the Patten Commission, sa

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Legacy inquests set to begin this year will be delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the presiding coroner has said. In a statement issued yesterday, Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan said the "full impact of the pandemic and the associated containment measures on legacy inquests are not yet kno

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Controversial proposals to limit legacy investigations in order to protect former British soldiers from "vexatious claims" are set to be examined by a Westminster committee. The House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry to examine the extent to which the UK governme

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Proposals to limit legacy investigations in order to protect former British soldiers from "vexatious claims" are incompatible with the UK's human rights obligations, a new report has warned. Professor Kieran McEvoy of Queen's University Belfast School of Law has led work by a team of legal experts t

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