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Personal insolvency application fee waiver to continue until 2024

Fees for personal insolvency applications will continue to be waived until at least the end of 2023, Justice Minister Helen McEntee has announced.

Published 5 January 2021

Human rights and equality watchdogs adopt new post-Brexit roles

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) have taken on new roles overseeing the UK government's commitment to protecting equality and human rights in Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Published 5 January 2021

England: Lawyer jailed after illicit calls with prisoner

A lawyer has been imprisoned after exchanging hundreds of calls and messages with a prisoner via contraband phones smuggled into a jail.

Published 5 January 2021

Non-binary person granted asylum in first-of-its-kind ruling

A non-binary person from El Salvador has been granted asylum in the UK in a first-of-its-kind ruling.

Published 5 January 2021

Japan: Country’s longest-serving death row inmate secures retrial

The highest court in Japan has endorsed a ruling granting the country's longest-serving death row inmate a retrial.

Published 5 January 2021

Drone owners required to register devices under new rules

Drone owners must register their devices under regulations designed to protect privacy.

Published 5 January 2021

China: Former lawyer who reported on Covid-19 outbreak jailed

A former lawyer who used social media to report from Wuhan following the first outbreak of Covid-19 last February has been jailed for four years for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble".

Published 5 January 2021

And finally... chapping

A dozen people have been fined after breaking strict Covid-19 rules to play dominoes together in a restaurant.

Published 5 January 2021

Court of Appeal: Defendants must provide particulars of 'bald denial' in personal injuries action

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the defendants in a personal injuries action must provide further information to the plaintiff about a “bald denial” in their defence.

Published 24 December 2020

Judge Colin Daly to be elevated to Circuit Court

Judge Colin Daly, the president of the District Court, has been nominated for appointment as a Circuit Court judge.

Published 24 December 2020

Private international law expert recognised by Irish government

A former deputy secretary general of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) has received a prestigious Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.

Published 24 December 2020

Newspaper self-regulator dismisses complaint over report of inquest proceedings

An accurate report of inquest proceedings did not breach the deceased's wife's right to privacy, the Press Council of Ireland has ruled.

Published 24 December 2020

Small number of virtual prison visits to take place on Christmas

A small number of virtual prison visits will take place on Christmas Day this year, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has announced.

Published 24 December 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Consensual harm

This week Benjamin Bestgen looks at the legalities surrounding certain extracurricular activities. See last week's here.

Published 24 December 2020

Family attacked in London hotel burglary loses breach of duty appeal in English Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has rejected an appeal by nine claimants, who were injured when a man broke into the hotel they were staying in, against a High Court decision that the hotel was not responsible in law for their injuries.

Published 24 December 2020