Coronavirus



Lawyers welcome extension of jury trials to six court venues

Lawyers have welcomed an extension of jury trials to include a total of six court venues across Northern Ireland.

Published 12 October 2020

Responses sought on constitutional issues raised by pandemic

The House of Lords Constitution Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the constitutional issues raised by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is exploring the impact of the pandemic on: 

Published 12 October 2020

Legal Aid Board bracing for Covid-19 delays and increased demand

The Legal Aid Board is bracing for an increase in demand and delays in accessing legal services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its chairperson Philip O'Leary has said.

Published 8 October 2020

High Court: Ryanair loses Covid-19 guidelines challenge

Ryanair DAC has lost judicial review proceedings challenging the legality of the Government of Ireland’s coronavirus travel advice.

Published 5 October 2020

Judicial Council to consider whether to publish golfgate report on Mr Justice Woulfe

The Judicial Council has been asked to consider whether or not to publish the completed report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham on Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe's attendance at a controversial dinner which broke Covid-19 rules.

Published 30 September 2020

Lisa Bryson: Success of Chancellor's Job Support Scheme is critical for business survival

Lisa Bryson, partner and head of employment at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, highlights the importance of the successor to the Covid-19 furlough scheme.

Published 30 September 2020

Lawsuit seeks to change criteria for coronavirus job retention scheme

Lawyers for a self-employed chef are challenging the UK government's criteria for access to the Covid-19 job retention scheme.

Published 29 September 2020

Immigration permissions extended for fifth time

Immigration and international protection permissions have been extended for a fifth and possibly final time.

Published 18 September 2020

Judge leading criminal trial while self-isolating

A judge who had close contact with somebody with Covid-19 has directed a jury in an ongoing criminal trial from his home.

Published 15 September 2020

England: Judge criticises government's handling of COVID-19 crisis

The criminal justice system in the UK has handled the COVID-19 crisis worse than countries like South Korea and Spain where more resources are made available, a sitting judge has said.

Published 11 September 2020

Woulfe meets Denham as part of golfgate investigation

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe has met former Chief Justice Susan Denham as part of her investigation into his attendance at a controversial dinner which broke COVID-19 rules.

Published 10 September 2020

Oireachtas told emergency COVID-19 legislation must be the 'exception not the norm'

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told Oireachtas members that emergency legislation related to COVID-19 must be used only exceptionally and be subject to strict human rights standards and oversight.

Published 10 September 2020

Court business relocated after positive COVID-19 test

Court business has been temporarily relocated after an individual who was in Craigavon Courthouse yesterday tested positive for COVID-19.

Published 8 September 2020

First prison case of COVID-19 confirmed in Maghaberry

The Department of Justice has revealed that the Northern Ireland Prison Service has had its first positive COVID-19 test.

Published 7 September 2020

Transfer tests delayed further after legal challenges

Grammar school transfer tests are to be delayed until next January following successful legal challenges brought to the High Court in Belfast.

Published 2 September 2020