Coronavirus



England and Wales: 'Unprecedented' courts backlog could have long-term impact

The "unprecedented and very serious" backlog in the criminal courts due to the Covid-19 pandemic poses a serious risk to the criminal justice system, the four justice watchdogs in England and Wales have warned.

Published 20 January 2021

'Nightingale venue' hosts hearing for first time

The "Nightingale venue" established at the International Convention Centre in Belfast (ICC) to facilitate court and tribunals business has hosted a hearing for the first time.

Published 19 January 2021

FLAC hits out at 'contradictory and confusing explanations' for PUP tax

Legal rights group FLAC has criticised ministers for giving "contradictory and confusing explanations" for the retrospective taxation of the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

Published 19 January 2021

Covid-19: Temporary citizenship system opens

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has today opened a temporary system which will enable citizenship applicants to complete their naturalisation process by signing a statutory declaration of loyalty.

Published 18 January 2021

Jason O'Sullivan: Covid-19 vaccine conundrum for employers

Jason O'Sullivan, solicitor and public affairs consultant at J.O.S Solicitors, examines the dilemma employers will face when they encounter employees who refuse to take the vaccine and what measures they should take to deal with them.

Published 18 January 2021

Supreme Court orders insurers to pay out for coronavirus-related business interruption losses

Thousands of UK businesses will receive payouts for coronavirus-related business interruption losses after the UK Supreme Court sided with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in a landmark test case.

Published 15 January 2021

Law Society has not asked for solicitors to be included in priority vaccine roll-out

The Law Society of Ireland has not followed the Bar Council in asking the government to include lawyers in the "key worker" priority category for the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

Published 14 January 2021

Disabled people 'left behind' in Covid-19 planning

Disabled people are being "left behind" and excluded from decision-making when it comes to Covid-19 planning by the State, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has warned.

Published 14 January 2021

Barristers appeal for inclusion in 'key worker' category for vaccine roll-out

Barristers should be included in the "key worker" category for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Bar Council of Ireland has said.

Published 12 January 2021

First case of Covid-19 in female prisoner population confirmed

A female prisoner in Northern Ireland has tested positive for Covid-19 for the first time, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has said.

Published 11 January 2021

England: Family judges urged to challenge lawyers emailing outside acceptable hours

Judges should challenge family lawyers who send emails outside acceptable hours, the president of the family courts in England and Wales has said.

Published 11 January 2021

Four in ten Irish companies held closed AGMs last year

Nearly four in ten Irish-listed companies held closed AGMs in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report from business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran LLP.

Published 6 January 2021

Housing market to remain open under Covid-19 restrictions

Property sales and viewings can continue under the new Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland, the Department for Communities has confirmed.

Published 6 January 2021

High Court: Ryanair ordered to pay costs of unsuccessful coronavirus challenge

The High Court has ordered that Ryanair must pay the State’s fees in its unsuccessful challenge of the legality of the Government of Ireland’s coronavirus travel advice.

Published 5 January 2021

ICC Belfast deployed as first 'Nightingale venue' for courts business

The International Convention Centre in Belfast (ICC) has been deployed as Northern Ireland's first "Nightingale venue" to facilitate court and tribunals business.

Published 5 January 2021