Case archive



Sunday Newspapers Limited to pay damages for defamation after delaying in delivering of defence

The High Court has made a judgment in default of defence against Sunday Newspapers Limited T/A Sunday World and Eugene Masterson, after they failed to deliver a defence in response to a claim that they defamed the character of Paul McNamara in an article published in the Sunday World on 21st December 2014.

22 January 2016

Attempt to sue civil servants for acts of Land and Property Services deemed vexatious and abuse of process

A man has had his applications against the former CEO of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the former CEO of the Land and Property Services, and two civil servants struck out on the basis the action failed to disclose a reasonable cause of action, was frivolous and vexatious or was otherwise an abuse of process.

21 January 2016

Farmer loses appeal over time barred challenge of land transfer in family dispute

of proceeding in 2004, and that he could not both be an executor of his mother’s Will, and bring a challenge against it.

20 January 2016

Sentence for single assault found excessive due to youth of offender

A young woman has had her sentence for a single count of assault contrary to s.3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act reduced, with the Court of Appeal finding that insufficient attention was given to the young age of the woman at the time of the offence.

19 January 2016

Director refused permission to represent company in intellectual property dispute

A managing director has been refused permission to represent his company in a dispute over an alleged breach of copyright.

18 January 2016

“Vexatious litigant” loses appeal against legal ban

A man has lost his appeal against an order pursuant to section 32(1) of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978, which requires him to obtain the consent of the High Court before instituting or continuing any legal proceedings in any court or tribunal.

15 January 2016

Former surgeon’s attempt to restrain indecent assault prosecutions fails

A former consultant surgeon has failed to obtain an order from the Court of Appeal restraining the prosecution of a number of indecent assault offences which allegedly took place between the 1960s and 1990s.

14 January 2016

Judge correctly identified burden of proof for diminished responsibility in murder trial, man’s conviction upheld

A man has lost an appeal against his conviction for murder after unsuccessfully arguing the trial judge had incorrectly advised the jury as to the standard of proof in relation to the defence of diminished responsibility.

13 January 2016

Use of factory land not a legal right of way

The High Court has found that a family’s use of factory land in order to access their cottage does not constitute a legal right of way, as it arose out of the family’s connection to the factory, and subsequently out of a relationship of tolerance and reciprocity.

12 January 2016

Intellectually disabled teen receives damages for trauma caused by dishwasher fire

The High Court has awarded a teenage boy €51,244.56 in damages, after a fire in his home caused by a Hotpoint dishwasher caused him trauma, anxiety and distress.

11 January 2016

High Court finds single trustees have standing to seek review of Charity Commission for Northern Ireland decisions

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.

8 January 2016

Labour Court decision in case of dismissal of disabled Special Needs Assistant upheld

The High Court has upheld a decision of the Labour Court in which it awarded €40,000 to a woman as a result of her dismissal from a school following her paralysis from the waist down.

7 January 2016

Rape suspect to be surrendered to Sweden following failed objections to pre-trial detention laws

A man has failed in his attempt to avoid surrender to Sweden for criminal prosecution on a single count of rape. He had argued that Swedish pre-trial detention laws placed him at risk of a breach of his fundamental rights.

6 January 2016

Evidence resulting from undercover test purchasing of drugs ruled admissible on appeal

A man, Mr Robert Mills, has had his appeal against his conviction for the possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

5 January 2016

Appeal against pension benefits of former Trinity College Secretary fails

An appeal brought against the Pensions Ombudsman by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Education, and the Higher Education Authority with regards to the pension benefits granted to Michael Gleeson, who was granted permission to retire at 60 with full pension, has failed.

24 December 2015