Racism is "a normal part of day-to-day-life" for people in Northern Ireland from minority ethnic and migrant groups, according to new research commissioned by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. The rights body commissioned independent think tank Pivotal to examine the actual, perceived, a
The UK government has been criticised again by the Council of Europe's committee of ministers over its proposed legacy bill's compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights. The committee has responsibility for monitoring the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human R
Queen's University Belfast School of Law has launched a new Global Intellectual Property and Technology Centre (G-IPTech) aimed at becoming a global hub of excellence for intellectual property and technology law. Professor Giancarlo Frosio has been appointed as director of the centre, an interdiscip
The Bar of Northern Ireland’s rule of law committee has announced the commencement of a new series of events and discussions, the “Advancing the Rule of Law Series”. The aim of the “Advancing The Rule of Law Series” is to encourage awareness of the importance of the rul
The chief inspector of criminal justice in Northern Ireland, Jacqui Durkin, has called for a "fundamental reset" within the PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to improve the quality of prosecution files and speed of case progression. Ms Durkin said clear objectives coupled with governance
Northern Ireland's Department of Justice has published a summary of responses to a recent public consultation on increasing the minimum age of criminal responsibility. The 12-week consultation launched by then-justice minister Naomi Long in October 2022 sought views on whether the age at which a chi
Belfast-based Diamond Heron Solicitors has promoted Cherry Hill to associate solicitor. Ms Hill specialises in property, with experience selling new build properties on behalf of local property developers and acting for private clients in the sale and purchase of residential properties, remortgages,
Northern Ireland's criminal justice system is "not fit for purpose", the commissioner designate for victims of crime has said. Geraldine Hanna, who was appointed to the post a year ago, told the BBC that victims of crime are withdrawing from cases as a result of court delays.
Rosemary Connolly Solicitors has secured a settlement for former Newsline presenter Donna Traynor in her tribunal case against BBC NI and its director Adam Smyth. Ms Traynor contended that she had suffered unlawful discrimination on grounds of age, gender and disability.
Dungannon-based P.A. Duffy & Co Solicitors has announced a new partnership with charity Cruse Bereavement Support and community group Memory Stones of Love.
A&L Goodbody (ALG) has announced a new partnership with homelessness charity Simon Community NI. The leading homelessness charity in Northern Ireland, Simon Community NI offers specialist support services including homelessness prevention, accommodation services, health, well-being and practice
Retired Northern Ireland judge Sir Liam McCollum KC has passed away at the age of 90. Born in Derry, Sir Liam took silk in 1971 and was appointed as a High Court judge in 1987. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1997.
Northern Ireland commercial law firm Tughans has announced four new hires and nine senior promotions, including the appointment of Fiona Kirkpatrick and Kevin Hegarty as partners. Ms Fitzpatrick has been promoted to partner in the estate planning department. Since joining the firm in 2020, she has b
NI High Court: Department of Justice erred in denying compensation to Gerry Adams over improper internment in 1973
Northern Ireland’s High Court has rejected a decision of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to refuse compensation for miscarriage of justice where the applicant, Gerry Adams, was improperly interned in 1973. The applicant challenged the 2021 DoJ decision which found that Adams was not eligible f
Cleaver Fulton Rankin has become the first law firm in Northern Ireland to complete the British Heart Foundation’s RevivR CPR training. The training was organised by the firm's responsible business group and delivered using the RevivR online training platform, with the assistance of Adele Harr