Coronavirus



Privacy concerns raised over contact tracing app on Android phones

Computing experts have raised serious privacy and data harvesting concerns relating to Google software running on the phones of all Android smartphone users who want to use Ireland's COVID-19 contact tracing app.

Published 23 July 2020

Courts have 'developed five years in five months' during COVID-19 crisis

The Courts Service has "developed five years in the past five months" in terms of thinking, planning and actions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Justice Frank Clarke has said.

Published 22 July 2020

Lord Sumption admits to disobeying coronavirus rules when they reached 'absurdity'

Lord Sumption has admitted that he stopped obeying the coronavirus regulations when they began "reaching levels of absurdity".

Published 22 July 2020

Barristers told jury sizes could be reduced to help clear backlog

Barristers in Northern Ireland have reportedly been told that the size of juries in criminal cases could be reduced from 12 to nine or seven members to help clear the COVID-19 backlog.

Published 21 July 2020

Court of Appeal president directs court users to wear face coverings

People attending the courts have been asked to wear face coverings by the most senior judges in Ireland.

Published 21 July 2020

Bill to protect renters to be brought to Cabinet on Thursday

Legislation to protect renters will be considered by government ministers on Thursday following the final extension of the COVID-19 rent freeze and eviction moratorium.

Published 21 July 2020

Property transactions begin to bounce back

The number of property transactions in Northern Ireland has started to bounce back following the reopening of the housing market last month.

Published 21 July 2020

Prison authorities warn of post-lockdown drug overdose risk

Prison authorities have warned prisoners' families that their loved ones could overdose on drugs smuggled into prison after months of COVID-19 restrictions.

Published 21 July 2020

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