Coronavirus



Judicial Council to consider whether to publish golfgate report on Mr Justice Woulfe

The Judicial Council has been asked to consider whether or not to publish the completed report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham on Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe's attendance at a controversial dinner which broke Covid-19 rules.

Published 30 September 2020

Lisa Bryson: Success of Chancellor's Job Support Scheme is critical for business survival

Lisa Bryson, partner and head of employment at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, highlights the importance of the successor to the Covid-19 furlough scheme.

Published 30 September 2020

Lawsuit seeks to change criteria for coronavirus job retention scheme

Lawyers for a self-employed chef are challenging the UK government's criteria for access to the Covid-19 job retention scheme.

Published 29 September 2020

Immigration permissions extended for fifth time

Immigration and international protection permissions have been extended for a fifth and possibly final time.

Published 18 September 2020

Judge leading criminal trial while self-isolating

A judge who had close contact with somebody with Covid-19 has directed a jury in an ongoing criminal trial from his home.

Published 15 September 2020

England: Judge criticises government's handling of COVID-19 crisis

The criminal justice system in the UK has handled the COVID-19 crisis worse than countries like South Korea and Spain where more resources are made available, a sitting judge has said.

Published 11 September 2020

Woulfe meets Denham as part of golfgate investigation

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe has met former Chief Justice Susan Denham as part of her investigation into his attendance at a controversial dinner which broke COVID-19 rules.

Published 10 September 2020

Oireachtas told emergency COVID-19 legislation must be the 'exception not the norm'

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told Oireachtas members that emergency legislation related to COVID-19 must be used only exceptionally and be subject to strict human rights standards and oversight.

Published 10 September 2020

Court business relocated after positive COVID-19 test

Court business has been temporarily relocated after an individual who was in Craigavon Courthouse yesterday tested positive for COVID-19.

Published 8 September 2020

First prison case of COVID-19 confirmed in Maghaberry

The Department of Justice has revealed that the Northern Ireland Prison Service has had its first positive COVID-19 test.

Published 7 September 2020

McEntee to consult Attorney General over Una McGurk SC's attendance at anti-mask rally 

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will consult with the Attorney General after having received a report from the chair of the International Protection Appeal Tribunal (IPAT) over the attendance of Una McGurk SC at an anti-mask protest last month in Dublin.

Published 4 September 2020

Transfer tests delayed further after legal challenges

Grammar school transfer tests are to be delayed until next January following successful legal challenges brought to the High Court in Belfast.

Published 2 September 2020

Solicitors required to collect contact tracing information

Solicitors will have to collect contact details for contact tracing purposes from all people attending court on behalf of the party they represent under a new practice direction.

Published 1 September 2020

Garda to gain powers to close bars and restaurants breaching pandemic rules

Plans to introduce new Garda powers to close bars and restaurants which breach COVID-19 health regulations have been unveiled by ministers.

Published 31 August 2020

Bar pushes against narrative that lawyers have 'made a fortune' from COVID-19

The Bar Council of Ireland has pushed back at claims from the head of the Courts Service that some practitioners have "made a fortune" during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 31 August 2020