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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

Judge criticises gardaí for informality of undercover drugs operations

A judge has criticised An Garda Síochána for failing to introduce a formal system for the authorisation and supervision of undercover drugs operations.

Published 22 December 2015

NI farmers' union and energy company seek judicial review against DETI subsidy changes

The Ulster Farmers' Union and wind energy company Simple Power Ltd have lodged papers seeking leave for a judicial review against Northern Ireland's Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI).

Published 22 December 2015

PSNI seize street drugs worth £1.35 million

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) seized illegal drugs worth £1.35 million in the latest phase of an ongoing initiative called Operation Torus.

Published 22 December 2015

NI: Court unable to read abortion law as European Convention compliant

Following his full judgment on 30 November, Horner J of the Northern Ireland High Court of Justice has found that it is not possible to read Northern Ireland’s abortion law in a way that is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Published 21 December 2015

Tributes paid to Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns as he leaves the bench

Tributes were paid in the Four Courts on Friday to Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, the outgoing President of the High Court, as he sat on the bench for the last time.

Published 21 December 2015

Attorney General calls for defamation law review to protect court reporters

Attorney General Máire Whelan has called for a review of Ireland's defamation laws in order to ensure court reporters are not exposed to the risk of litigation.

Published 21 December 2015

Ibraham Halawa trial adjourned until January 2016 after lawyers walk out

A mass trial in Egypt involving Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa was postponed for the eleventh time after Egyptian lawyers walked out of court, The Irish Times reports.

Published 21 December 2015

Date set for appeal in Pat Finucane inquiry case

A bid by the widow of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane to overturn a High Court ruling which found that Prime Minister David Cameron was justified in refusing an inquest into his death will be heard in April.

Published 21 December 2015

Mr Justice Kearns warns colleagues over public investigation interference

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, outgoing president of Ireland's High Court, has warned his colleagues to avoid making excessive interventions in public investigations.

Published 21 December 2015