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Man fails to prove necessity of legal aid for counsel in Circuit Court proceedings

A man who sought legal aid for counsel in an appeal against a driving conviction has failed to have a non-statutory legal aid scheme declared ultra vires because he had not proven any need for it.

Published 23 December 2015

DoJ launches consultation on statutory time limits for NI criminal cases

Justice Minister David Ford has launched a new consultation on the introduction of statutory time limits for progressing criminal cases in Northern Ireland.

Published 23 December 2015

Portlaoise prisoners to take class action lawsuit against the State

Prisoners at Portlaoise Prison are bringing a class action lawsuit against the State in what is believed to be the first case by prisoners of its kind.

Published 23 December 2015

Businessman who bid to block judicial appointment seeks Supreme Court appeal

A businessman who failed in an eleventh-hour bid to block Mr Justice Peter Kelly's appointment as president of the High Court has sought an appeal at the Supreme Court.

Published 23 December 2015

Minimum unit alcohol pricing contrary to EU law

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled the Scottish Government's minimum unit alcohol pricing plans are contrary to EU law as other tax options exist.

Published 23 December 2015

Obituary: Declan Drislane

Experienced pensions lawyer and Arthur Cox partner Declan Drislane passed away peacefully on Monday 14 December 2015.

Published 23 December 2015

Nominations opened for NI's fifth Justice in the Community Awards

Nominations for the fifth annual Justice in the Community Awards were opened yesterday, inviting members of the public and profession to identify individuals and groups supporting the delivery of justice in Northern Ireland.

Published 23 December 2015

Man accused of Judge Walsh assault to be bailed

The man accused of assaulting Judge Miriam Walsh of the District Court during court proceedings is set to be released on bail, The Irish Times reports.

Published 23 December 2015

Property transfers rendered void as attempt to protect land from being given to plaintiff in sexual abuse case

The Court of Appeal has upheld a judgment which found two property transfers from Mr Michael Quigley to his wife to be void, due to them being fraudulent attempts to protect the properties from being used to satisfy any judgment that might result from the plaintiff Dana Doherty’s allegations of sexual abuse.

Published 22 December 2015

Businessman fails in bid to block appointment of new High Court president

A bid by businessman Jerry Beades to block the appointment of Mr Justice Peter Kelly to the office of president of the High Court has failed.

Published 22 December 2015

Trilateral meeting launches cross-border crime taskforce

A new cross-border taskforce to tackle paramilitarism and organised crime has been announced following a major inter-governmental meeting in Dublin.

Published 22 December 2015

Irish and NI justice ministers meet to discuss criminal justice co-operation

Ireland's Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald discussed co-operation in criminal justice with Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford at a meeting in Dublin yesterday.

Published 22 December 2015

Belfast man facing first use of CMP granted leave for judicial review

A Belfast man has been granted leave for a judicial review against the Advocate General for Northern Ireland over the appointment of a barrister to represent him in partly-secret court proceedings.

Published 22 December 2015

Fitzgerald commits to review of Irish divorce rules

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has committed to a review of the constitutional requirement to wait four years for a divorce in Ireland, The Irish Times reports.

Published 22 December 2015

Courts to lose power to allow marriages of under-18s

The Government is set to introduce primary legislation removing the ability of courts to allow under 18s to marry in Ireland in certain circumstances.

Published 22 December 2015