Court of Appeal: PSNI Chief Constable must ensure practical independence of Legacy Investigations Branch
The Chief Constable of the PSNI must take steps to secure the practical independence of investigators concerned with the further investigation into the death of 24-year-old Jean Smyth, who was shot in Belfast in 1972.
Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland — 20 March 2019
Craigavon Crown Court: Man who killed father’s partner on Christmas Day must serve 17 years before being considered for release
A man who killed his dad’s partner on Christmas Day 2017 has been sentenced to a minimum period of 17 years before he can be considered for release by the Parole Commissioners.
Crown Court in Northern Ireland — 19 March 2019
A solicitor and junior counsel who were ordered to pay the costs incurred by the State in judicial review proceedings which were brought as a strategy to delay deportation, have been told that the court will take no action against them.
High Court in Ireland — 15 March 2019
Court of Appeal: Man given three years for defilement of a child under 17 loses appeal against sentence
A 29-year-old man who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for defilement of a child under 17 has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence.
Court of Appeal in Ireland — 14 March 2019
High Court: Nightclub owners entitled to set-off debt owed to security firm which gave indemnity for personal injury claims
A company which operates a nightclub in Dublin has successfully argued that it is entitled to set-off €52,000 owed to a security firm, in circumstances where the firm gave an indemnity for personal injury claims arising from acts, negligence, or failures in its provision of security services.
High Court in Ireland — 13 March 2019
A man who pleaded guilty shortly before trial to offences of attempted murder, criminal damage, and resisting police, has had his sentence for attempted murder increased after the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal agreed with the Director of Public Prosecutions that the initial sentence was unduly lenient.
Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland — 12 March 2019
Belfast Crown Court: Dissident republican sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder of police officers
A dissident republican who was caught planting a bomb under a police officer’s car in 2015 has been sentenced to 25 years for the attempted murder of two police officers, together with a concurrent sentence of 20 years for possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.
Crown Court in Northern Ireland — 11 March 2019
High Court: Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council granted orders preventing vexatious claimant from issuing further proceedings
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have been granted an order restraining a man from issuing further proceedings against it or its employees without permission from the President of the High Court.
High Court in Ireland — 8 March 2019
Pearse Jordan’s mother has successfully appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal to order a stay on her application for damages for the state’s failure to carry out a prompt investigation into the circumstances of her son’s death, in violation of Article 2 ECHR.
UK Supreme Court in United Kingdom — 7 March 2019
Supreme Court: Relief in O’Brien case would amount to collateral challenge to statements in the Dáil
Denis O’Brien has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court over a decision of the Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP) which was in relation to statements made in the Dáil.
Supreme Court in Ireland — 6 March 2019
A man who has been accused of sexually abusing his sisters between 1974 and 1985 has been granted an order prohibiting the Director Of Public Prosecutions from further prosecuting him in relation to the alleged offences. Finding that the lapse of time, together with the death of potential witnesses and others with no clear recollection, created a real or serious risk of an unfair trial Mr Justice Garrett Simons rejected the DPP’s submission that the application was made out of time.
High Court in Ireland — 5 March 2019
The Medical Council has lost an application to have an application under section 76 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 heard in camera.
High Court in Ireland — 4 March 2019
High Court: Dismissed teacher fails to prevent Teaching Council of Ireland from reporting concerns to National Vetting Bureau
A teacher who was dismissed from a boarding school after an incident with a student who complained that the teacher had tried to remove his trousers has failed in his action to restrain the Teaching Council of Ireland from notifying the National Vetting Bureau of their concerns.
High Court in Ireland — 1 March 2019
Supreme Court: No ‘absolute barrier’ to bringing proceedings concerning the actions of Oireachtas committee
The separation of powers principle does not preclude the courts from considering a case brought by a private individual against members of the Public Accounts Committee, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Supreme Court in Ireland — 28 February 2019
The widow of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane has been granted a declaration that the state has failed to deliver an Article 2 compliant investigation into the death of her husband, who was shot and killed by loyalist paramilitaries in collusion with the UK security forces.
UK Supreme Court in United Kingdom — 27 February 2019