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PSNI officers advised to caution purchasers of sex

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has advised officers that those caught purchasing sex in contravention of a recently introduced law should be cautioned rather than prosecuted.

Published 18 November 2015

IHREC raises concerns about school admissions bill

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has called on the Irish government to use an upcoming bill to challenge religious discrimination in school admissions.

Published 18 November 2015

Judges stressed by horrific sexual imagery as sex offence cases increase

The most senior judge in England and Wales has said horrific sexual imagery and distressing testimony judges face are “beyond the understanding of most people” and will leave them disturbed.

Published 18 November 2015

Wicklow County Council ordered to disclose documentation in legal battle with Sinn Féin politician

The High Court has ordered the disclosure of a number of documents relating to an ongoing dispute between a Sinn Féin councillor, his wife and a county council.

Published 17 November 2015

Lawyers' regulatory bodies to retain major powers but limited liability on the way

The Bar Council of Ireland and Law Society of Ireland are set to retain major powers following further amendments to the draft Legal Services Regulation Bill.

Published 17 November 2015

Irish victims could be forced to use courts to access new EU rights

Irish law professionals have raised concerns that victims of crime could have to go through the courts in order to access their rights under the EU Victims Directive.

Published 17 November 2015

No further Bloody Sunday arrests until judicial review application heard

No further ex-soldiers will be arrested in connection with the Bloody Sunday killings until a judicial review application by seven ex-soldiers is heard in London next Thursday.

Published 17 November 2015

NI legacy mechanisms must be 'human rights friendly'

A range of NGOs have called on the Irish and British governments to ensure that legacy mechanisms agreed in talks between the leading Northern Ireland political parties are "human rights friendly".

Published 17 November 2015

Prisoner held in Maghaberry was segregated unlawfully

A prisoner held in Maghaberry Prison was unlawfully segregated without proper authority, the High Court in Dublin has ruled.

Published 17 November 2015

MPs will scrutinise UK snoopers' bill despite Paris comments

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has suggested new powers for spies should be properly scrutinised by the UK Parliament following calls from the Prime Minister and a Liberal Democrat peer to fast-track the legislation in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Published 17 November 2015

Surgeons warn changes to NI transplant law counter-productive

Senior surgeons have warned that proposals to introduce an opt-out organ donor register could reduce public willingness to donate.

Published 17 November 2015

Lecture recalls 400 year old Derry trial

Raymond Gillespie, Professor of History at Maynooth University and Judge Philip Babington, the Recorder of Londonderry, addressed around 80 people at the 2015 Walls400 History Lecture in St Columb's Cathedral in Derry on Saturday.

Published 17 November 2015

Lack of CCTV footage does not render trial unfair

The Director of Public Prosecutions has won an appeal to proceed with the trial of Valeriu Sirbu, despite the loss of CCTV footage showing Sirbu committing the alleged crime, and despite the fact that the prosecution case now lies entirely on the statements of those who saw the CCTV footage.

Published 16 November 2015

Mixed feelings as judge refuses to quash NI legal aid fee rules

The Department of Justice must "speedily" revise new rules for legal aid fees in Northern Ireland following a ruling by a High Court judge.‎

Published 16 November 2015

FLAC hits out at slow progress on mortgage arrears promises

There has been “bewilderingly little progress” in tackling the problem of mortgage arrears despite Irish government promises in May, according to Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC).

Published 16 November 2015