China: Former lawyer who reported on Covid-19 outbreak jailed

A former lawyer who used social media to report from Wuhan following the first outbreak of Covid-19 last February has been jailed for four years for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble".

Published 5 January 2021

Immigration permissions extended for sixth time

Immigration and international protection permissions have been temporarily extended for a further two months.

Published 23 December 2020

Physical visits to Irish prisons to be suspended before Christmas

Physical visits to Irish prisons will be suspended from midnight tomorrow under the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

Published 23 December 2020

BLM calls for expansion of remote and hybrid hearings to address Covid backlog

There should be an expansion in the use of remote and "hybrid" hearings to avoid the backlog in civil cases growing next year, commercial and insurance risk law specialist BLM has said.

Published 22 December 2020

Businesses protected from eviction for further three months

Businesses in Northern Ireland have been protected from the threat of eviction for non-payment of rent for a further three months.

Published 22 December 2020

High Court: Examiner appointed over low-cost airline Norwegian Air with only six planes in use

The High Court has granted an application by Norwegian Air to appoint an examiner over six companies in the Norwegian Group. The court noted that the struggling company had met serious challenges in recent times, with the airline only having six planes in use due to the coronavirus pandemic. The court said that “radical measures” had been implemented in 2019 and 2020 but “still more is required”.

Published 21 December 2020

Jury trials to continue under latest Covid-19 restrictions

Jury trials and other courts and tribunals hearings will continue to be held following the imposition of new Covid-19 restrictions, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 21 December 2020

New code of practice to set out 'right to disconnect'

The Workplace Relations Commission has launched a public consultation on the drafting of a new code of practice on the "right to disconnect".

Published 21 December 2020

Remote hearings 'not delivering access to justice' in family courts

Remote hearings are not delivering effective access to justice in Northern Ireland's family courts, research by an Ulster University academic suggests.

Published 18 December 2020

Watchdog investigating airlines over failure to refund flights during pandemic

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating whether airlines have breached consumers’ legal rights by failing to offer cash refunds for flights they could not lawfully take.

Published 17 December 2020

Credit unions to be allowed to hold virtual AGMs

Credit unions can hold their annual general meetings online in whole or in part under new legislation approved by the Oireachtas.

Published 14 December 2020

FLAC welcomes clarification of Covid PUP rules

Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed the introduction of new social welfare regulations addressing some of their concerns and recommendations in relation to the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

Published 11 December 2020

Summons backlog down more than a fifth to 95,000 applications

A major Covid-related backlog in the summons scheduling waiting list has been reduced to 95,000 from around 122,000 in mid-October, the Courts Service of Ireland has said.

Published 10 December 2020

Chief Justice reportedly refuses €5,200 pay rise

Chief Justice Frank Clarke has reportedly refused to accept a €5,200 pay rise approved by government ministers.

Published 9 December 2020

Women in-house lawyers more concerned about post-Covid salary prospects

Women in-house lawyers are more concerned than their male counterparts about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and remote working on their salaries, a new survey reveals.

Published 8 December 2020