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Law Society names Justice Media Awards winners in online ceremony

The Law Society of Ireland has announced the winners of the 2020 Justice Media Awards, held online for the first time in the event’s 29-year history.

Published 26 June 2020

England: Nightingale-style courts to address court backlog

New Nightingale-style courts will be opened to deal with the backlog of more than half a million criminal cases that have built up during the pandemic, The Times reports.

Published 26 June 2020

Netflix faces lawsuit over 'warm and empathetic' portrayal of Sherlock Holmes

The estate of the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is suing Netflix for copyright infringement because Sherlock Holmes is portrayed as too warm, empathetic and respectful of women in one of its upcoming films.

Published 26 June 2020

And finally... bubbling up

A winemaker has been barred from selling a non-alcoholic sparkling wine called "Nosecco" because the name is too similar to Prosecco.

Published 26 June 2020

Sil Fox instructs KRW LAW LLP in legal action over prosecution

Comedian Sil Fox has instructed KRW LAW LLP to bring proceedings against the State following the collapse of a sexual assault case brought against him.

Published 25 June 2020

First virtual planning hearing to take place next week

Northern Ireland's Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) is set to hold its first virtual pilot hearing next week.

Published 25 June 2020

Patrick Cross

Prominent Belfast solicitor Patrick Cross, who was joint senior partner of Cleaver Fulton Rankin before his retirement in 2005, has passed away.

Published 25 June 2020

Flanagan working to establish permanent memorial to Magdalen women

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said he is pursuing the establishment of a permanent memorial dedicated to the women of the Magdalen laundries.

Published 25 June 2020

Number of out-of-court disposals falls for sixth consecutive year

The number of out-of-court disposals handed down in Northern Ireland, typically to low-level or first-time offenders, has fallen for a sixth consecutive year.

Published 25 June 2020

Breda O'Malley and Mary Kelleher: High Court strikes down wage setting in sectoral employment orders

Breda O'Malley and Mary Kelleher of Hayes solicitors discuss the implications of a recent High Court ruling on the setting of certain minimum pay and conditions for workers in a number economic sectors.

Published 25 June 2020

Tom O'Malley: The virtual jury trial experiment

Tom O'Malley, a law lecturer and barrister with expertise in criminal law, sentencing, criminal procedure and constitutional law, looks at an interesting English experiment in virtual jury trials.

Published 25 June 2020

Chinese embassy and Belfast residents clash in diplomatic immunity row

A legal row has developed between Belfast residents and the Chinese embassy over the construction of a new wall at the Chinese consulate in Belfast.

Published 25 June 2020

PSNI faces renewed calls to suspend use of 'unsafe' spit hoods

The PSNI is facing renewed calls to suspend its use of spit hoods following new evidence that they provide no protection from COVID-19 and could in fact increase the risk of infection.

Published 25 June 2020

Jason O'Sullivan: Post-lockdown employment law tips for employers

Jason O'Sullivan, solicitor and public affairs consultant at J.O.S Solicitors, sets out some tips for employers as public health restrictions begin to ease.

Published 25 June 2020

And finally... Brazil nut

Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has been ordered by a judge to wear a face mask in public.

Published 25 June 2020