Coronavirus



People fleeing domestic abuse to have access to free transport

People fleeing domestic abuse will be able to access free public transport under plans being developed by the Departments of Justice and Infrastructure.

Published 15 May 2020

Immigration permissions extended for further two months

Immigration permissions due to expire between 20 May and 20 July 2020 will be automatically extended for two months, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has announced.

Published 14 May 2020

Proposed legal right to work from home 'difficult to enforce'

A proposed new legal right for employees to work from home would be difficult to meaningfully enforce, a Belfast solicitor has said.

Published 14 May 2020

Short delay to transfer tests for school pupils to be challenged

A legal challenge has been brought against the decision to simply delay the 2020 round of transfer tests for Primary 6 pupils in Northern Ireland.

Published 14 May 2020

Far-right activists refused leave to challenge coronavirus laws

Far-right activists John Waters and Gemma O'Doherty have been refused leave for a judicial review of the emergency coronavirus laws.

Published 13 May 2020

Judge complains about thick screens installed in Four Courts

A judge has complained that she is struggling to hear through thick screens installed in the Four Courts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 13 May 2020

Over a quarter of legal aid interim payment applications rejected

Over a quarter of applications to the interim payment scheme set up by the legal aid agency in response to the coronavirus pandemic have been rejected.

Published 13 May 2020

Attorney General to give evidence on coronavirus laws

Attorney General John Larkin QC will appear before MLAs tomorrow to provide evidence on legal issues relating to the emergency coronavirus laws.

Published 13 May 2020

Bar fails to secure rent suspension for Criminal Courts of Justice

The Bar of Ireland has failed in a bid to secure a rent suspension for its use of two floors in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Published 12 May 2020

Contact tracing apps may not work across both sides of the border

Concerns have been raised that contact tracing apps designed to track the spread of coronavirus will not work north and south of the Irish border.

Published 12 May 2020

Coroner holds first-ever preliminary hearing by phone

A coroner has held a preliminary hearing by conference call in a Northern Ireland first.

Published 11 May 2020

Law Society launches new COVID-19 support service for practices

A new service to support solicitor practices during the coronavirus crisis has been launched by the Law Society of Ireland.

Published 11 May 2020

In-house lawyers and HR professionals 'optimistic' about re-opening of workplaces

In-house lawyers and HR professionals are optimistic about the re-opening of workplaces by September 2020, according to a new survey conducted by Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC).

Published 11 May 2020

England: Two jury trials resume at Old Bailey

Two jury trials will resume at the Old Bailey this week as Crown Court cases restart, the Law Gazette reports.

Published 11 May 2020

Breach of access hearings to be treated as urgent matters

Hearings on breach of access and breach of maintenance for separated parents are expected to be treated as urgent matters by the District Court.

Published 7 May 2020