Coronavirus



Anyone attending court to have details recorded for COVID-19 tracing

Anyone attending court will have their name and contact details recorded for contact tracing purposes under new measures introduced to allow full physical court sittings to resume.

Published 22 May 2020

Solicitors forced to break health guidelines to advise clients in custody

Solicitors are being forced to break public health guidelines in order to advise clients in Garda custody, according to a damning new report.

Published 22 May 2020

Major law firms continuing to recruit at all levels in spite of COVID-19

Major Irish law firms including Matheson, William Fry and Eversheds Sutherland are continuing to make strategic hires and welcome newly-qualified solicitors, trainees and interns in spite of the COVID-19 crisis, Irish Legal News can reveal.

Published 21 May 2020

Hundreds of requests for interim legal aid payments rejected

Nearly a third of solicitor applications and nearly half of barrister applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme have been rejected.

Published 21 May 2020

Full court sittings to resume 'as soon as tomorrow'

Full court sittings will resume "as soon as tomorrow" with new safety measures, the Courts Service has indicated.

Published 21 May 2020

Lawyer criticises safety measures at COVID-19 custody suite

A criminal defence lawyer has sharply criticised safety measures at a specialist COVID-19 custody suite established by the PSNI in Belfast.

Published 20 May 2020

Flanagan apologises to locals over Direct Provision centre in Cahersiveen

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has apologised to locals for the way in which the Direct Provision centre at the Skellig Star hotel in Cahersiveen was opened.

Published 20 May 2020

PhD student defends thesis in first UCC School of Law 'virtual viva'

PhD student Jane Mulcahy has defended her thesis on post-release supervision of long-sentence male prisoners in UCC School of Law's first-ever "virtual viva".

Published 20 May 2020

Physical court sittings strictly limited to two hours per day

Physical court sittings have been limited to a maximum of two hours per day while the Courts Service seeks clarification on health advice given to the Oireachtas.

Published 20 May 2020

Firms start to reopen offices as phased lifting of COVID-19 restrictions begins

At least one Dublin law firm has reopened its city centre office as Irish law firms prepare to return to their physical workplaces under the five-phase government roadmap.

Published 19 May 2020

Bar rejects non-jury trials or smaller juries

Suggestions that ordinary criminal trials should take place without juries or with a smaller number of jurors during the COVID-19 emergency have been rejected by The Bar of Ireland.

Published 19 May 2020

Increase in legal queries from employees asked to return to workplaces

Lawyers have experienced an increase in queries from employees who have been asked to return to work despite no change in public health guidance in Northern Ireland.

Published 18 May 2020

England: Every criminal case brought under Coronavirus Act 2020 incorrectly charged

Every criminal case brought under the Coronavirus Act 2020 in England and Wales has been scrapped because they were incorrectly charged.

Published 18 May 2020

Matheson presses on with appointments in spite of pandemic

Matheson will welcome dozens of newly-qualified solicitors and student interns this summer in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, managing partner Michael Jackson has said.

Published 15 May 2020

Lawyers for families of care home residents calls for COVID-19 inquiry

Lawyers for a number of families with relatives in care homes across Northern Ireland have called for a statutory inquiry into the rate of coronavirus deaths in care homes.

Published 15 May 2020