Coronavirus



All sit: Virtual court etiquette outlined in England

Guidance on virtual court etiquette in England and Wales has been issued by a judge.

Published 24 March 2020

Legal action against government handling of coronavirus pandemic faces 'high hurdles'

The UK government's reaction to the coronavirus pandemic should be investigated after the emergency has abated but any legal action brought against it will face "high hurdles", lawyers have told our sister publication Scottish Legal News.

Published 23 March 2020

Court cases to 'generally take place remotely' under new coronavirus guidance

Court cases will "generally" take place remotely, either by email, telephone or Skype, under new coronavirus guidance published by the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan.

Published 23 March 2020

Pubs could lose licenses for flouting coronavirus closure guidance, lawyer warns

Pubs could lose their licenses if they flout non-binding Government recommendations to close for two weeks, a senior barrister has warned.

Published 23 March 2020

Law Society regulation team to carry out 'desk-top reviews' in lieu of full inspections

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has said its professional conduct department will carry out off-site "desk-top reviews" instead of full inspections until further notice.

Published 23 March 2020

England: Lord Chief Justice halts new jury trials

No new jury trials or physical hearings will commence in the Crown Court, the Lord Chief Justice has announced in a statement intended to "provide some clarity for the coming few days".

Published 23 March 2020

England: Royal Navy to help run prisons under coronavirus contingency plans

The Royal Navy could be drafted in to help run prisons in England and Wales under contingency plans drawn up to deal with coronavirus.

Published 23 March 2020

Emergency coronavirus law clears Dáil without vote

The Irish Government's emergency coronavirus bill cleared the Dáil last night without a vote.

Published 20 March 2020

Housing crisis now 'acute health crisis' for homeless people, law centre warns

Ireland's housing crisis is now "an acute health crisis" for vulnerable people in homeless accommodation or overcrowded housing, the Mercy Law Resource Centre (MLRC) has warned.

Published 20 March 2020

David Rodgers: Payment scheme will provide welcome support for employers during coronavirus

David Rodgers, tax solicitor at Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ), explores the support payment scheme announced this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 20 March 2020

Emergency coronavirus law 'should be time-limited' to protect human rights

The Irish Government's emergency coronavirus bill should be time-limited or include a "sunset clause", the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 19 March 2020

No further oral hearings of chancery and probate cases to take place

There will be no further oral hearings of cases listed before the Chancery and Probate Master until further notice as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 19 March 2020

Enduring power of attorney applications no longer have to be personally served

Applications for the registration of an enduring power of attorney will not have to be personally served due to coronavirus restrictions, the president of the High Court has said.

Published 19 March 2020

Courts Service: No new criminal trials to begin for remainder of legal term

The Courts Service of Ireland has issued updated statements regarding hearings in the High Court, Circuit Court and District Court, which is reproduced in full below.

Published 18 March 2020

Lord Chief Justice: Measures taken to reduce numbers in court from today

The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland has taken measures to reduce the number of people attending court from today. The latest update, issued yesterday evening, is reproduced in full below.

Published 18 March 2020