The Court of Appeal has upheld a trial judge’s decision not to give the jury a corroboration warning in a sexual assault case, noting that mandatory corroboration warnings have been abolished, and an appeal judge should only intervene when the decision was made on an incorrect legal basis or was clearly wrong in fact.
15 April 2016
The High Court has allowed an application for judicial review of the Northern Ireland Prison Service’s policy to video-tape strip searches by force and retain the video for six years, finding that such a policy had no basis in law.
14 April 2016
The High Court has declined to make an order requiring Euro Safety & Training Services to pay several hundred thousand euros upfront by way of security for the costs of proceedings brought against An Foras Áiseanna Saothair (FÁS), finding that the case was of public interests due to allegations of misfeasance in public office.
13 April 2016
Failure to investigate Roma woman's allegations of racial abuse from right-wing paramilitary violated article 8, rules Strasbourg
A Hungarian national of Roma origin’s complaint that the authorities failed to investigate allegations she suffered racial abuse and threats from participants in an anti-Roma march has been upheld by a majority at the European Court of Human Rights.
13 April 2016
The High Court has found that the 20-minute observation period traditionally used by the Gardaí before taking a breath-alcohol test did not make the detention of suspects unlawful.
12 April 2016
Advocate General Wathelet of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has stated the posting of a hyperlink to a website which published photos without authorisation does not in itself constitute a copyright infringement. The motivation of the person who placed the hyperlink and the fact that this person knew or should have known that the initial communication of the photos on other sites was not authorised are not relevant.
12 April 2016
The High Court has ruled against a man who objected to the registration of an Enduring Power of Attorney made on 20th July 2012 by his mother (the Donor) appointing her daughter as Attorney.
11 April 2016
High Court finds company underpaid employees and created contract designed to avoid employment law obligations
The High Court has found that three Portuguese companies that traded in Ireland as a partnership known as RAC Eire Partnership, failed to pay its employees for the amount of hours they worked, made unreasonable deductions from their pay, and designed a contract of employment that would conceal their intention to avoid abiding by Ireland’s employment laws.
8 April 2016
The High Court has found that the Minister for the Environment acted ultra vires under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Ministerial Code, following his unilateral adoption of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan, without Executive agreement.
7 April 2016
The Supreme Court has dismissed a judicial review appeal brought by an employee of the Review Commissioners, who disputed the Commissioners’ decision not to fund her professional legal qualification. The Supreme Court found that there had been too long a delay since the employee was first notified of the refusal.
6 April 2016
The High Court has ordered for a solicitor, Mr Patrick Enright, to be struck off the Roll of Solicitors, as a result of fraudulent activity carried out by him in 1994. The Law Society had brought the application following a finding by the Disciplinary Tribunal that Mr Enright was not a fit person to be a member of the solicitor’s profession and should be struck off.
5 April 2016
The Court of Appeal has found that section 6(8) of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 can be interpreted as applying a legal burden of proof on defendants accused of taking part in unnotified processions.
4 April 2016
The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision to hold a unified trial in respect of claims of damages made against an attacker and the employer of the victim, despite the different bases for the claims.
1 April 2016
in these proceedings as Notice Parties, if it considered that to be appropriate under Order 84.
31 March 2016
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled 13-4 that there was no violation of article 2, the right to life - investigation, of the European Convention on Human Rights, regarding the UK's failure to prosecute anyone after police fatally shot Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian national mistaken for a suicide bomber, in the wake of 7/7.
31 March 2016