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NI barristers continue boycott of criminal cases despite failed challenge to legal aid reform

Barristers will continue to turn down criminal cases in protest of legal aid reforms in Northern Ireland, The Irish News reports.

Published 16 December 2015

Mr Justice Peter Kelly nominated as president of the High Court

Mr Justice Peter Kelly was nominated to serve as the next president of the High Court at the final Cabinet meeting of the year, The Irish Times reports.

Published 16 December 2015

Ibrahim Halawa trial postponed for tenth time because of absent detainee

A mass trial in Egypt involving Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa was postponed for the tenth time at a brief hearing in Cairo yesterday.

Published 16 December 2015

Cabinet approves bill to allow roadside testing for drug driving

The Cabinet has approved new legislation to allow roadside testing for drug driving and fines of up to €5,000 for motorists with traces of drugs in their system.

Published 16 December 2015

Drugs legislation to be amended to allow for injection facility

The Cabinet has agreed to amend the Misuse of Drugs Bill to allow for a pilot scheme for a drug injection facility in Dublin.

Published 16 December 2015

Cork man throws the book at quick-witted judge

A judge in Cork Circuit Court yesterday dodged a 1,000-page book after a man flung it across the courtroom in anger, the Irish Examiner reports.

Published 16 December 2015

Law Society NI names Clic Sargent as chosen charity for 2016

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has named children's cancer charity Clic Sargent as its chosen charity of the year for 2016.

Published 16 December 2015

Worthingtons Solicitors honoured with Ards Borough business awards

Worthingtons Solicitors was recently honoured with two awards at the Ards Borough Business Awards 2015.

Published 16 December 2015

England: DPP accused of living in bubble over shambolic state of courts

The Director of Public Prosecutions has been criticised for living in a bubble over the shambolic state of magistrates' courts – in particular poor advocacy standards.

Published 16 December 2015

NI abortion legislation found incompatible with landmark High Court ruling

A High Court judge has determined that the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is incompatible with a landmark human rights ruling on abortion.

Published 16 December 2015

Court grants non-suit in Cork nightclub music copyright case

The High Court has granted a non-suit in a case where infringement of copyright was alleged in sound recordings played in the Savoy Nightclub and Theatre in Cork City.

Published 15 December 2015

Members of judiciary raised security concerns before Judge Walsh assault

Judges at Dublin District Family Court shared concerns about security in Dolphin House prior to the alleged assault of Judge Miriam Walsh on Friday, The Irish Times reports.

Published 15 December 2015

NI Attorney General John Larkin to stay in post until 2019

Northern Ireland's chief legal adviser, Attorney General John Larkin, will remain in the post until May 2019.

Published 15 December 2015

Re-offending figures fall but nearly half of prisoners will commit crime again

Almost half of Irish prisoners released in 2009 went on to re-offend, a Central Statistics Office (CSO) report on re-offending has found.

Published 15 December 2015

Law Society NI event hears lawyers are the 'guardians of freedom of speech'

Lawyers are the “guardians of freedom of speech”, members of the legal profession heard at an event hosted in Belfast to mark European Lawyers Day 2015.

Published 15 December 2015