Legacy Inquests

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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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The PSNI needs to carry out a "full audit" of its historical records to establish what material it may hold in relation to Troubles-related cases, a watchdog has said. The chief inspector of criminal justice in Northern Ireland, Jacqui Durkin, has called on the PSNI and the Office of the Police Ombu

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The UK government has come under sharp criticism after unilaterally announcing a new approach to legacy investigations which would "protect veterans from vexatious claims". Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis today set out the government's proposals following a six-month consultation in 2018, w

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A shortage of "judicial manpower" has led to a backlog of 30 legacy judicial review cases pending in the High Court, a judge has said. Lord Justice McCloskey, speaking in the court yesterday, said legacy cases awaiting determination currently make up a fifth of all pending judicial reviews in Northe

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Former Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher has been appointed to lead an independent police team investigating alleged collusion between the security forces and the so-called "Glenanne gang". The Court of Appeal ruled in July that the brother of 13-year-old Patrick Barnard, who was murdered in

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The PSNI has been granted permission to appeal a landmark ruling on legacy investigations to the UK Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal in Belfast ruled in March that the Chief Constable of the PSNI had not demonstrated the independence of the PSNI's Legacy Investigation Branch, which is necessary fo

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The presiding coroner for Northern Ireland has identified the 10 inquests which will take place from April 2020 to April 2021 under the Lord Chief Justice's five-year plan for dealing with legacy inquests. Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan held 41 preliminary hearings over a three-week period in Septe

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has won an appeal against a £7,500 damages award over delays in progressing the inquest of the death of Pearse Jordan. The Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, found that the trial judge had failed to differentiate between the period of delay for

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Landmark legislation to allow coroners in Northern Ireland to access relevant Garda testimony has been brought into force. The Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 2019, which was passed by the Oireachtas this summer as part of the Government's obligations under the 2014 Stormont House

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