Coronavirus



Tougher penalties for Covid-19 breaches delayed due to printing problems

Tougher penalties for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions have not been brought into force in Northern Ireland due to delays in printing enforcement notices, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 3 November 2020

Bar Council raises concerns over devils' access to courtrooms

The Bar Council of Ireland has raised concerns with the Courts Service about devils missing out on courtroom experience due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to reports.

Published 2 November 2020

District Court president issues advice on child access and lockdown

Parents whose children are subject of access orders should "try to agree what access can happen safely", the president of the District Court has said.

Published 2 November 2020

Lord Sumption says government’s handling of pandemic augurs authoritarianism

The actions of the UK government during the coronavirus emergency this year bear the hallmarks of authoritarianism, Lord Sumption has warned.

Published 28 October 2020

Judge hopes for resumption of civil jury trials in New Year

A High Court judge has said he hopes to have civil jury trials up and running in the New Year.

Published 23 October 2020

High Court sets out plans for Level 5

The High Court has issued notices setting out its plans for continued civil and criminal business during the six weeks of heightened Covid-19 restrictions in the State.

Published 21 October 2020

Gardaí to gain new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers

Gardaí will be able to issue fixed penalty notices of up to €500 under new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers announced by government ministers.

Published 21 October 2020

Lawyers brace for impact of Level 5 restrictions on courts

Business in the Irish courts is likely to be disrupted for six weeks as Ireland moves to Level 5 of the Framework for Living with Covid-19.

Published 20 October 2020

Licensing reform bill introduced to Stormont after Covid-19 delay

Legislation to modernise Northern Ireland's liquor licensing laws has been introduced in the Assembly.

Published 20 October 2020

Court business continues under new Covid-19 restrictions

Jury trials and other courts and tribunals business are continuing in Northern Ireland following the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions on Friday.

Published 19 October 2020

No new jury trials if Level 5 restrictions imposed

No new juries will be sworn in to hear trials at the Central Criminal Court if the government opts for a Level 5 lockdown, it emerged this morning.

Published 19 October 2020

High Court president criticises lawyers for not following Covid-19 guidelines

The president of the High Court has criticised lawyers for failing to follow public health guidelines in the courts, including the requirement for two-metre physical distancing.

Published 16 October 2020

Courts in Level 4 areas to remain open

Courts in Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan will remain open following the introduction of tighter Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight.

Published 15 October 2020

Prison visits to be 'temporarily suspended' from Friday

Prison visits are set to be "temporarily suspended" in Northern Ireland from Friday evening following a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions.

Published 15 October 2020

Scotland: Lawyers oppose entrenchment of virtual courts

Scottish lawyers have voiced their opposition to any entrenchment of remote justice following comments from the Lord President that Scotland's legal system will not return to the status quo.

Published 15 October 2020