Northern Ireland

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The Law Society of Northern Ireland has called on the UK government to "uphold the rule of law" and reconsider controversial plans to end all criminal investigations and prosecutions linked to killings during the Troubles. The sharpest intervention yet by the solicitors' body comes shortly after the

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Lady Hale will deliver a speech on "Northern Ireland in the Supreme Court" at a virtual event hosted by the Belfast Solicitors Association (BSA) next week. Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, served as president of the UK Supreme Court from 2017 until her retirement in January 2020.

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UK government plans to end all criminal prosecutions linked to the Troubles are "incompatible with the United Kingdom's international obligations", the European commissioner for human rights has said. In a letter to Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis, the Council of Europe's commissioner for h

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The High Court has dismissed an application to hold police responsible for dismantling a dangerous bonfire, finding that the threat of “widespread unrest” outweighed the effects of the anti-social and unlawful behaviour. The emergency application was brought by AB, who lives in the vicin

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A victims' commissioner for Northern Ireland is set to be established on a non-statutory basis until legislation can be progressed for a statutory commissioner. Justice minister Naomi Long said the decision, which follows a 12-week public consultation, will "ensure this voice for victims can be intr

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A new programme which aims to tackle offending among young men by looking at how masculinity and gender stereotypes impact their decision-making has been launched by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI). The groundbreaking "Back on Track" programme, which will be piloted later this year,

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Co Antrim law firm Armstrong Solicitors has announced the appointment of Bryan Meldrum as its first-ever chief operating officer. Mr Meldrum joins the Newtownabbey-based firm from the healthcare industry, where he specialised in financial management, business development, management information syst

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The number of prisoners on remand in Northern Ireland rose to a record high last year as the Covid-19 pandemic paralysed the courts system. The remand population increased by nearly 11 per cent to 545 for the 2020/21 financial year, the highest level since reporting by financial year began in 2014/1

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Belfast law firm Tughans has grown with the appointment of two new directors, four newly-qualified solicitors and three new trainee solicitors. Kevin Hegarty has been appointed as a director in the commercial law firm's healthcare department, while Ben Sims has been appointed as a director in the co

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Judge John Curran QC, who retired from Northern Ireland's County Court bench in 2005, passed away yesterday. A barrister, he took silk in 1974 and was appointed as a County Court judge in February 1981, serving for 24 years until his retirement.

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