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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

UKSC ruling on Malaya massacre has 'important impact' on Troubles investigations

The UK Supreme Court has said the UK government does not need to hold an inquiry into a possible 1948 war crime in a ruling that has an "important impact" on investigations related to the Troubles.

Published 26 November 2015

Irish Courts Service desperate for IT budget boost

The Courts Service of Ireland is “scraping around” for cash to prop up its failing IT system due to five years of budget cuts, the Oireachtas justice committee has been told.

Published 26 November 2015

Temporary Cork courts accommodation causing 'mayhem'

Temporary accommodation for Cork's District and Circuit family courts is causing “mayhem” according to a survey of local family lawyers, The Irish Times reports.

Published 26 November 2015

Police Federation NI calls for separate legacy investigations budget

A separate budget should be established for police investigations into 'cold cases' and legacy matters, the Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) has said.

Published 26 November 2015

Men stabbed in Galway Court House foyer

Two men are recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the foyer of Galway Court House yesterday, the Irish Independent reports.

Published 26 November 2015

Son charged in killing of legal secretary Marian Horgan

The son of a 60-year-old legal secretary who was fatally stabbed this week has been charged with her murder, the Irish Independent reports.

Published 26 November 2015

Ireland told to look to Scotland on anti-stalking law

Ireland can look to Scotland to help inform its legislative approach to stalking, a major conference in Dublin was told yesterday.

Published 26 November 2015

Pro Bono Choir in Belfast launch of inaugural CD

A choir of solicitors, barristers and judges is releasing its inaugural CD in celebration of the festive season.

Published 26 November 2015

Environmental Impact Assessment required for peat and biomass power plant

The High Court has found that an environmental impact assessment is required into the environmental effects of extracting peat as a fuel source for a thermal power plant, before planning permission can be granted for the plant.

Published 25 November 2015

Late barrister Stephen McCann praised by lawyers and politicians

The life of late barrister-at-law Stephen McCann has been honoured across the legal and political professions following his recent tragic death.

Published 25 November 2015

Department of Justice finalising Family Courts proposals

Legislation to establish new Family Courts as divisions of Ireland's existing District, Circuit and High Court structures will be introduced before the general election, the Department of Justice has indicated.

Published 25 November 2015

Unreformed NI libel laws must not 'undermine' Defamation Act 2013

Unreformed libel laws in Northern Ireland cannot be allowed to "undermine" the reforms introduced by the Defamation Act 2013 in England and Wales, a spokesperson for English PEN has told Irish Legal News.

Published 25 November 2015

Four in five NI businesses fear data security breach

A data security breach is the biggest corporate crisis threat to Northern Ireland businesses, according to a new poll by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Pinsent Masons.

Published 25 November 2015