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Bill introducing new legal framework for adoption due this year

Legislation to enhance and update the legal framework for adoption will be introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly after the summer recess.

Published 23 July 2021

New forensic laboratory on track for completion next summer

Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) has reported that it has made significant progress with the construction of its new laboratory, which is due to open in summer 2022.

Published 23 July 2021

Post-Brexit UK Shared Prosperity Fund 'risks damaging constitution further'

The post-Brexit UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) risks damaging trust between the UK and devolved administrations, according to a think tank.

Published 23 July 2021

Professor Phil Scraton joins team of Include Youth patrons

Criminologist Phil Scraton, professor emeritus at Queen's University Belfast School of Law, has joined a distinguished team of patrons of Include Youth, a rights-based charity working with young people.

Published 23 July 2021

Almost half of state boards falling short of gender diversity target

Nearly half of state boards are falling short of a government target to have women making up at least 40 per cent of their membership.

Published 23 July 2021

Latest edition of conveyancing journal Folio published

The latest edition of Folio, the conveyancing and land law journal from the Law Society of Northern Ireland, has been published.

Published 23 July 2021

ECtHR: Man detained under terror suspicions had human rights violated by Turkish authorities

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that the pre-trial detention of a man suspected of belonging to a terrorist organisation in Turkey was a violation of his human rights under Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Published 23 July 2021

Solicitor calls for longer court sittings rather than new judges

A solicitor in Sligo has criticised the High Court president's recent call for additional judges and suggested extended court hearing times instead.

Published 22 July 2021

Justice committee recommends further examination of assisted dying bill

The Oireachtas justice committee has recommended the establishment of a special committee to examine the law on assisted dying.

Published 22 July 2021

County sheriff brings High Court challenge against mandatory retirement

A county sheriff in Co Monaghan has brought a High Court challenge against legislation requiring him to retire when he turns 70 next May.

Published 22 July 2021

LEAP software keeps law firms working remotely

Ben Aslet, LEAP UK Marketing Manager, explains how law firms using LEAP’s cloud-based practice management solution are successfully adapting to remote working and how it’s as near as can be business as normal for law firms using LEAP. He said LEAP have talked to several law firms using the software to find out how they are managing with life away from the office.

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