Coronavirus



Lawyers brace for impact of Level 5 restrictions on courts

Business in the Irish courts is likely to be disrupted for six weeks as Ireland moves to Level 5 of the Framework for Living with Covid-19.

Published 20 October 2020

Licensing reform bill introduced to Stormont after Covid-19 delay

Legislation to modernise Northern Ireland's liquor licensing laws has been introduced in the Assembly.

Published 20 October 2020

Court business continues under new Covid-19 restrictions

Jury trials and other courts and tribunals business are continuing in Northern Ireland following the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions on Friday.

Published 19 October 2020

No new jury trials if Level 5 restrictions imposed

No new juries will be sworn in to hear trials at the Central Criminal Court if the government opts for a Level 5 lockdown, it emerged this morning.

Published 19 October 2020

High Court president criticises lawyers for not following Covid-19 guidelines

The president of the High Court has criticised lawyers for failing to follow public health guidelines in the courts, including the requirement for two-metre physical distancing.

Published 16 October 2020

Courts in Level 4 areas to remain open

Courts in Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan will remain open following the introduction of tighter Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight.

Published 15 October 2020

Prison visits to be 'temporarily suspended' from Friday

Prison visits are set to be "temporarily suspended" in Northern Ireland from Friday evening following a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions.

Published 15 October 2020

Scotland: Lawyers oppose entrenchment of virtual courts

Scottish lawyers have voiced their opposition to any entrenchment of remote justice following comments from the Lord President that Scotland's legal system will not return to the status quo.

Published 15 October 2020

Lawyers welcome extension of jury trials to six court venues

Lawyers have welcomed an extension of jury trials to include a total of six court venues across Northern Ireland.

Published 12 October 2020

Responses sought on constitutional issues raised by pandemic

The House of Lords Constitution Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the constitutional issues raised by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is exploring the impact of the pandemic on: 

Published 12 October 2020

Legal Aid Board bracing for Covid-19 delays and increased demand

The Legal Aid Board is bracing for an increase in demand and delays in accessing legal services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its chairperson Philip O'Leary has said.

Published 8 October 2020

High Court: Ryanair loses Covid-19 guidelines challenge

Ryanair DAC has lost judicial review proceedings challenging the legality of the Government of Ireland’s coronavirus travel advice.

Published 5 October 2020

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