Environment Minister Mark H Durkan The Northern Ireland Assembly has approved far-reaching legislation designed to tackle drink driving by introducing tighter restrictions, a graduated penalty scheme and greater police powers.
A group campaigning for the extension of the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland has condemned the prosecution of a 21-year-old woman for procuring an abortion. The woman, from Co Down, appeared in Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with two offences under the Offences Against the Person
A woman has been granted leave for a judicial review against the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) over its decision to reinstate an officer under investigation in connection with her son's death, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Public Prosecution Service is still considering the findings
Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford has met with the judges of the 2016 Justice in the Community Awards ahead of the close of nominations next month. Mr Ford has encouraged members of the public to submit nominations for the awards, which are now in their fifth year, by 1 February 2016.
Gerry McAlinden QC, chair of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland More than 800 cases have been held up in Northern Ireland's courts due to an ongoing row between lawyers and the Department of Justice over legal aid cuts.
A 21-year-old woman from Co Down will be tried for offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 after allegedly procuring an abortion. The woman appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday in relation to one charge of using the drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol with intent to procur
Alastair Ross, chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly's justice committee Northern Ireland prisoners made 8,848 complaints about prison conditions to the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) over the past 11 months, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
This year's first quarterly meeting of the Northern Ireland Business and Human Rights Forum will take place on Friday 29 January. It will include three presentations from Chris Stewart, head of policy at DETI; Stephen Hillis of Ingeus; and Grace Peacock from the Federation of Small Business.
The High Court of Justice in the Northern Ireland Chancery Division has found that the Charity Tribunal incorrectly ruled that individual charity trustees did not have standing to seek review of decisions by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. The background to the case concerned a decision
A senior official with the Department of Justice has set out how budget changes will affect the provision of policing and legal aid in Northern Ireland. Glyn Capper, the Department's deputy director of finance, said the PSNI budget will be reduced by 2 per cent in the next financial year, representi
A trial date has been set in a case where the National Crime Agency (NCA) is bidding to deprive a woman of pension benefits inherited from her first husband after she was convicted of his murder. Hazel Stewart was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison at Coleraine Crown Court in 2011 after he
A judicial review launched against the UK government by men who were allegedly tortured by the British Army during the Troubles has been delayed again. They are the surviving members of a fourteen-person group known as "the Hooded Men" and are taking action against the Secretary of State for Norther
Former UK prime minister Tony Blair The UK's former prime minister Tony Blair has told MPs that he did not block talks aimed at securing Libyan compensation for victims of IRA members who used Libyan weapons.
A code of practice is being prepared ahead of the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The legislation is set to be used by PSNI officers to tackle human trafficking and labour exploitation, particularly in Northern Ireland's maritime indu