Northern Ireland

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A new advocacy service offering impartial and practical support for victims of sexual and domestic abuse in Northern Ireland has been officially launched. ASSIST NI is being rolled out on a phased basis by the Department of Justice and PSNI in partnership with Belfast and Lisburn Women's Aid, Foyle

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A high-profile legal challenge to the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion laws, spearheaded by former Attorney General John Larkin QC, has begun in the High Court. Mr Larkin is acting on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in an application for judicial revie

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Amanda Stewart has taken up the reins of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland as its chief executive with effect from today. Ms Stewart previously worked for the Policing Board since its inception and has a wide range of experience across Probation's responsibilities, including policing with the

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The end of the stamp duty holiday is not dampening activity in Northern Ireland's housing market, according to a Belfast solicitor. Janet Williamson, director of commercial and property at O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors, said her team was working on around 30 completions this week ahead of the stamp du

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Belfast-based Cleaver Fulton Rankin has welcomed three newly-qualified solicitors following their completion of the firm's trainee solicitor programme. Brendan Tabb, Christopher Bew and Ruaidhri Groom have each completed the two-year training programme, which develops skills across a wide range of l

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A new state-of-the-art meeting space at Law Society House has been officially opened by justice minister Naomi Long at an event attended by the new Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. The meeting space can accommodate meetings, mediations, seminars and negotiations, with break-out areas and high

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Professor Siobhán Wills has been named as the next director of the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at Ulster University. An internationally-recognised researcher on peacekeeping, international and human rights law, Professor Wills will take over as director from 1 October 2021.

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The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) failed to comply with its approved equality scheme while developing legislation to address the legacy of the past, the Equality Commission has found following an investigation. An investigation was launched after the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)

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Judicial salaries in Northern Ireland and across the UK have been frozen for a year, new figures from the Ministry of Justice show. The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan, received a salary of £234,184 in 2019. This rose to £238,868 last year but has remained the s

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Belfast lawyer Linda Johnston, private client partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, has announced her retirement after 38 years in legal practice. Ms Johnston first joined Francis Hanna & Co in 1983 as a newly-qualified solicitor in the property law department. By 1988, she had become th

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The late Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore "embodied" the case for always having a judge from Northern Ireland on the Supreme Court bench, Lady Hale has said. The former Supreme Court president reflected on the importance of the court having judges from all parts of the United Kingdom as she addressed a virtu

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