President of High Court announces early retirement

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, has announced his retirement in December 2015 - four months earlier than expected.

Published 14 September 2015

Father sues Facebook for failure to enforce age restrictions

Facebook has settled out of court after a father in Northern Ireland took the social media giant to court for failing to enforce its age restrictions, enabling a man to contact his daughter, then 11, and exchange photos with her “of a sexual nature”.

Published 14 September 2015

Karen Buckley's 'callous and calculating' murderer sentenced to 23 years' imprisonment

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lady Rae, sentenced Alexander Pacteau, 21, to life imprisonment for his “brutal, senseless” and “motiveless" murder of Irish student Karen Buckley with a punishment part of 23 years after the accused pled guilty to the murder.

Published 8 September 2015

England: employment tribunal system needs radical reform

Unlawful employment practices will continue to go unpunished unless the tribunal system is overhauled, the Law Society of England and Wales has warned.

Published 8 September 2015

NI schools saw 260 sex attacks in three years

A total of 259 alleged sexual offences in schools across Northern Ireland were reported in 2012-15, according to a BBC investigation into school-based sex crimes.

Published 7 September 2015

Bakers seek protected food status for Forfar bridie

Two bakers in Angus have launched a bid to secure EU protected food status for the Forfar bridie .

Published 7 September 2015

Employee fired by text awarded £15,000 at tribunal hearing

An employee who was fired by text message after querying his rate of pay has been awarded £15,000 at an employment tribunal after the judge found he had been unfairly dismissed.

Published 7 September 2015

Andy Burnham to push for sexual and gender rights in NI

Andy Burnham, one of the candidates for the leadership of the UK Labour Party, has called for Northern Ireland to "take a major step forward" in the arena of human rights.

Published 18 August 2015

Man admits murder of Irish student Karen Buckley

The man charged with the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow today.

Published 11 August 2015

Justice committee asked to consider drug decriminalisation

The Oireachtas justice committee has received at least 50 submissions to its consultation on drug decriminalisation, according to The Irish Times.

Published 10 August 2015

Pastor McConnell pleads not guilty on malicious communication charge

Pastor James McConnell has pleaded not guilty to charges under the Communications Act 2003 relating to his controversial sermon on Islam.

Published 6 August 2015

DUP move to block Derry rename motion

Lawyers are assessing the impact on the city's unionist population of renaming Londonderry, following Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) moves to overturn a council motion.

Published 6 August 2015

Government and opposition figures defend Dáil privilege

Transport minister Paschal Donohoe has added his voice to those speaking out in defence of the ten TDs in the Dáil committee on procedures and privileges (CPP) who are facing legal action.

Published 5 August 2015

England: Athlete wins compensation after fall from friends' window

A blind athlete who suffered a serious spinal injury in a 25-foot fall from a window in a friends' house has successfully won a claim for compensation.

Published 31 July 2015

Supreme Court judge urges review of provocation defence

A judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland has said the lack of a "legislative response" to long-standing difficulties with the defence of provocation is "dispiriting".

Published 30 July 2015