Coronavirus



Bar of Ireland 'not proposing' expansion of non-jury trials

The Bar of Ireland has pushed back against reports that it is considering proposals to expand the use of non-jury trials during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 6 May 2020

Matthew Howse: Laying the foundations for recovery – a light touch approach

Eversheds Sutherland partner Matthew Howse and principal associate Damian McElholm consider the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 6 May 2020

High Court judge backs continued roll-out of remote hearings

More remote hearings should take place in the High Court as "a way of tiding us over until we get back to physical hearings", a senior judge has said.

Published 5 May 2020

Pandemic will not lead to 'catastrophic' delays in Court of Appeal

There will not be "catastrophic" delays in the Court of Appeal due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Justice George Birmingham has said.

Published 4 May 2020

Process for major planning applications amended for five months

The requirement to hold a public event as part of the pre-application process for major planning applications has been temporarily removed for five months.

Published 4 May 2020

Coroners 'should be allowed' to investigate PPE failures

Coroners in Northern Ireland should be allowed to investigate whether failures in the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) have led to deaths, KRW LAW LLP has said.

Published 1 May 2020

England: Government under pressure to resume jury trials next month

Jury trials could resume in England and Wales next month as the UK government comes under pressure from a growing backlog of cases to explore measures including a reduction in jurors.

Published 1 May 2020

Justice ministers discuss cross-border policing via teleconference

Justice ministers north and south of the border have spoken via teleconference to discuss the close co-operation between An Garda Síochána and the PSNI during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 May 2020

Benches being measured for 'socially-distant courts'

Courtroom benches are being measured to determine whether the three-judge Court of Appeal can physically sit again while maintaining social distancing.

Published 30 April 2020

Courts will consider reasonableness of actions during pandemic in future child contact order cases

Parents should feel "reassured" that the courts will consider the reasonableness of actions taken during the coronavirus pandemic when considering future child contact orders, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 30 April 2020

Judicial review brought over lack of BSL at coronavirus briefings

Judicial review proceedings have been brought against the UK government for failing to have a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter on stage at its daily coronavirus briefings.

Published 29 April 2020

Furniture business secures High Court injunction against eviction

A furniture business has secured a High Court injunction preventing its eviction after it was unable to pay its rent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 27 April 2020

Rights watchdog calls for 'close parliamentary oversight' of coronavirus laws

Ireland's human rights watchdog has called for "close parliamentary oversight" of emergency legislation introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 27 April 2020

Pandemic makes implementation of Copyright Directive 'more important'

The coronavirus pandemic makes Ireland's implementation of the new EU Copyright Directive "all the more important", a senior IP law expert has said.

Published 24 April 2020

Rights groups call for impact assessment of pandemic restrictions

The Government should carry out a human rights impact assessment before extending coronavirus pandemic restrictions, a coalition of rights groups has said.

Published 24 April 2020