Coronavirus



Backlog of criminal cases now totals half of yearly average

The backlog of criminal trials which has built up during the COVID-19 crisis totals roughly half of the number of cases typically heard in a year, according to reports.

Published 20 July 2020

England: Sites of 10 'Nightingale courts' revealed

The UK government has named the 10 sites which will host so-called "Nightingale courts" to alleviate the pressure on courts and tribunals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 20 July 2020

Rent freeze to be extended past Monday deadline

The rent freeze and eviction moratorium introduced in response to the COVID-19 crisis is set to be extended again, ministers have said.

Published 17 July 2020

Immigration permissions automatically extended for last time

Immigration permissions have been extended for a third and final time in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Published 16 July 2020

Personal injury cases resume at High Court

Personal injury cases have restarted at the High Court following a four-month absence as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 15 July 2020

Criminal jury trials to resume as courts plan expansion of hearings

Criminal jury trials are set to resume in the Central Criminal Court later this month and in Circuit Courts by late August as the courts aim to increase the number of hearings following the COVID-19 crisis, Chief Justice Frank Clarke has announced.

Published 13 July 2020

Dentons pushes back Dublin launch to September

Global law firm Dentons will not open its new Dublin office until September as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 10 July 2020

Visa waiver programme suspended due to UK's COVID-19 'divergence' from Ireland

The visa waiver programme allowing people visiting the UK on short stay visas to travel to Ireland has been temporarily suspended because of a "divergence in approach" to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 10 July 2020

Legal experts and campaigners call for public inquiry into government handling of COVID-19

More than 70 legal, campaigning and civil society organisations are calling for an urgent public inquiry into the UK government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 9 July 2020

England: Ministry of Justice grants sick pay to outsourced cleaners after death

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has granted full sick pay to outsourced staff with COVID-19 symptoms, three months after the death of one of its cleaners.

Published 9 July 2020

Physical prison visits to resume alongside virtual visits

Physical prison visits will resume in Northern Ireland later this month, Justice Minister Naomi Long has confirmed.

Published 7 July 2020

Lisa Bryson: Now is the time to be thinking about the future and the potential for redundancies

Lisa Bryson, partner and head of employment at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, considers the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Northern Ireland.

Published 7 July 2020

Law and human rights experts publish online book on COVID-19 impact

Global experts in law and human rights have contributed to a new online publication about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 2 July 2020

'Hybrid' legacy inquests to take place from October after COVID-19 delays

The first tranche of legacy inquests due to be heard as part of a five-year plan may begin to be heard in October in unprecedented "hybrid" hearings following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 30 June 2020

Democracy under threat from ‘pandemic of misinformation’ online

The UK government should act immediately to deal with a "pandemic of misinformation" that poses an existential threat to our democracy and way of life, according to a report of the Lords' Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies.

Published 29 June 2020