Legacy inquests



Legacy judicial reviews held up by 'recruitment difficulties' on the bench

A shortage of "judicial manpower" has led to a backlog of 30 legacy judicial review cases pending in the High Court, a judge has said.

Published 13 February 2020

Family of man shot by soldier in 1972 win leave for judicial review of inquest verdict

The family of a man who was fatally shot by a British soldier in 1972 has sought leave from the High Court to challenge the original inquest verdict of "misadventure".

Published 24 December 2019

Jon Boutcher appointed to lead independent police team investigating collusion

Former Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher has been appointed to lead an independent police team investigating alleged collusion between the security forces and the so-called "Glenanne gang".

Published 2 December 2019

PSNI granted permission to appeal landmark ruling on legacy investigations

The PSNI has been granted permission to appeal a landmark ruling on legacy investigations to the UK Supreme Court.

Published 21 November 2019

First 10 inquests to take place under five-year legacy plan announced

The presiding coroner for Northern Ireland has identified the 10 inquests which will take place from April 2020 to April 2021 under the Lord Chief Justice's five-year plan for dealing with legacy inquests.

Published 20 November 2019

Court of Appeal: Damages awarded to Jordan family reduced on appeal

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has won an appeal against a £7,500 damages award over delays in progressing the inquest of the death of Pearse Jordan.

Published 18 November 2019

Law granting Northern Ireland coroners access to Garda testimony commenced

Landmark legislation to allow coroners in Northern Ireland to access relevant Garda testimony has been brought into force.

Published 5 September 2019

Coroner’s Court: Soldier who shot and killed 19-year-old in Derry in 1972 was not justified in opening fire

Sitting as a Coroner in the inquest on the death of a 19-year-old man in Derry in 1972, Judge Patrick Kinney has found that the soldier who shot and killed Seamus Bradley was not justified in opening fire and that the investigation into his death was flawed and inadequate.

Published 16 August 2019

Former PSNI chief 'still furious' about closure of Historical Enquiries Team

Former PSNI chief constable Sir Hugh Orde has said he is "still furious" about the 2014 closure of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), which he said should have been allowed to complete its work.

Published 6 August 2019

Key Westminster committee calls for 10-year 'qualified statute of limitations' for alleged offences by soldiers

A key Westminster committee has called for a 10-year "qualified statute of limitations" to protect former and serving soldiers from investigation and prosecution for alleged offences, including alleged murders of civilians in Northern Ireland.

Published 22 July 2019

Court of Appeal: Brother of murdered boy had legitimate expectation independent report into collusion would be completed

The Chief Constable of the PSNI has lost an appeal against the decision that the brother of a 13-year-old boy who was murdered in 1976 had a legitimate expectation that an overarching investigation into collusion would be carried out by an independent police team.

Published 8 July 2019

Summary of responses to UK Government legacy consultation published

The UK Government has published a summary of responses to the consultation on the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Published 8 July 2019

Government law would allow gardaí to give evidence at Northern Ireland legacy inquests

Gardaí would be allowed to give evidence at legacy inquests in Northern Ireland under proposed laws.

Published 27 June 2019

High Court: Investigation into the 1973 murder of Daniel Carson 'flawed and inadequate'

An inquest into the death of Daniel Carson, a young Catholic who was murdered as he left work near the lower Shankill in 1973, has found that the investigation into his death was “flawed and inadequate”.

Published 12 June 2019

Preliminary hearings into legacy cases to take place in September

Preliminary hearings into legacy cases will take place this September to establish their readiness for full inquest proceedings, the presiding coroner has announced.

Published 7 June 2019