A judgment in two major challenges to Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriages will be delivered after Christmas, the High Court has heard. The court was asked to rule whether marriage rules in Northern Ireland violated article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights after a challenge was b
The High Court in Belfast has granted Margaret McQuillan leave to seek a judicial review against the PSNI over alleged failures by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in the investigation of her sister's death. Ms McQuillan's sister, Jean Symth-Campbell, was shot dead in west Belfast in June 1972 at
The High Court in Belfast has granted leave to a Syrian refugee seeking a judicial review against the Parades Commission over its decision to allow an anti-refugee rally to take place outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday. The Syrian man, who has not been named due to safety fears, sought to have th
A 15-year-old schoolboy from Co Antrim, Northern Ireland has been granted leave to seek a judicial review against the Department of Justice after he was named by media outlets in connection with the high-profile TalkTalk hack. Mr Justice Paul Maguire, sitting in the High Court in Belfast, said the b
Law Centre (NI) recently acted for a worker in the Northern Ireland care industry who was made redundant. The worker alleged that the contract she worked on transferred from her employer to a new provider and issued proceedings for unfair dismissal on grounds of failure to consult under the Transfer
Law Centre (NI) has successfully represented a Nigerian national who faced problems accessing primary healthcare in Northern Ireland. Having suffered a back injury, the man had tried to register as an NHS patient with his local GP but had been refused because the surgery’s staff thought he could n
A woman convicted of the murder of two individuals has had her application to nullify the abandonment of her appeal in respect of one of the murders rejected. The applicant, Mrs Hazel Stewart, was convicted of the murder of her former husband Mr Trevor Buchanan, and the wife of her former partner,Le
Thirteen members of a loyalist flute band that allegedly played a sectarian song outside a Catholic church in north Belfast have seen their convictions overturned. The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) did not oppose the appeal by members of the Young Conway Volunteers because they agreed to be bound
Attorney General John Larkin QC Northern Ireland's Attorney General John Larkin QC has denied that access to same-sex marriage is a human rights issue, telling the High Court in Belfast that it is a matter of “pure social policy”.
Pictured (l-r): Pro Bono Choir carollers Joe Rice, Bobbie-Leigh Herdman BL, Jonathan Ireland, Tracey Fraser and David John Reid BL Members of Northern Ireland's legal profession were in festive spirits at yesterday's launch of the Pro Bono Choir's inaugural Christmas CD in the Royal Courts of Justic
Grainne Teggart, campaign manager for Amnesty's My Body My Rights campaign Human rights organisation Amnesty International has welcomed yesterday's judgment that preventing access to abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA) and pregnancies as a result of sexual crimes is unlawful.
Education Minister John O'Dowd New legislation that creates a legal definition of bullying and new responsibilities for public authorities in a bid to crack down on bullying in schools has been introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly.