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LSA seeking £100k under recovery of NI defence costs law

The Legal Services Agency is set to embark on its most high-profile bid to recover legal costs using a Recovery of Defence Costs Order, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Published 30 November 2015

CSO urges caution over interpretation of sexual offence figures

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has warned that figures showing a 36 per cent increase in the number of sexual offences recorded in Ireland over the period 2009-13 may be misleading.

Published 30 November 2015

Maynooth lecturer contributes to book on redress for human rights breaches

A senior lecturer at Maynooth University has written about redress for human rights breaches in Ireland in a chapter of a new book analysing the law in eighteen jurisdictions.

Published 30 November 2015

High Court rules in favour of NIHRC challenge to abortion law

The High Court in Belfast has ruled that preventing access to abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities (FFA) and pregnancies as a consequence of sexual crimes is unlawful.

Published 30 November 2015

Man loses appeal against extradition for conspiracy charges

A man has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court against an order for his surrender to the United Kingdom authorities under the European Arrest Warrant procedure.

Published 27 November 2015

Government likely to agree to more Court of Appeal judges

The Government of Ireland is likely to agree to the appointment of four further judges to the Court of Appeal in a bid to ease its heavy workload, the Irish Independent reports.

Published 27 November 2015

John Guerin becomes president of Law Society of Northern Ireland

John Guerin has become the president of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, launching his presidency with a pledge to keep the Society at the forefront of justice issues in Northern Ireland.

Published 27 November 2015

High Court reserves judgment on 'extraordinary' Bloody Sunday case

The High Court in London has reserved its judgment on whether seven former soldiers can be arrested and brought to Northern Ireland to be interviewed in connection with the Bloody Sunday killings.

Published 27 November 2015

Bankruptcy law change to be presented to Cabinet on Tuesday

Legislation that would bring Irish bankruptcy law in line with Northern Ireland will be presented to the Cabinet next week, the Irish Examiner reports.

Published 27 November 2015

Family of Seamus Ludlow to sue PSNI, MOD and Secretary of State

The family of a man who was murdered near Dundalk in 1976 are to issue civil proceedings against the PSNI, the Ministry of Defence and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Published 27 November 2015

No pressure on DoJ official in burglary claim

A civil servant who suggested Irish judges don't treat burglary as a serious offence was not pressured to make a subsequent apology, the Department of Justice has said.

Published 27 November 2015

Three men to appear in court after alleged courthouse brawl

Three men are set to appear at a special sitting of Sligo District Court tonight after allegedly taking part in a fight that broke out in the courthouse foyer yesterday.

Published 27 November 2015

Lord Neuberger discusses scientific and legal thinking in Royal Society speech

Lord Neuberger delivered a speech on science and law at the Royal Society in London in which he discussed the different ways in which lawyers and scientists reason as well as the use of science in the courtroom.

Published 27 November 2015

Court refuses to declare sections of Fire Arms Act unconstitutional

The High Court has refused to grant a declaration sought by an applicant who had challenged s.27C(4) of the Firearms Act 1964 as unconstitutional, due to its precluding his temporary release from prison in order to pursue a course of study.

Published 26 November 2015

PSNI-PPS collaboration necessary to address case file failings

Greater collaboration between the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) is necessary to address “significant failings” in the preparation of case files, Northern Ireland's Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice has said.

Published 26 November 2015