Legacy inquests



'Hybrid' legacy inquests to take place from October after COVID-19 delays

The first tranche of legacy inquests due to be heard as part of a five-year plan may begin to be heard in October in unprecedented "hybrid" hearings following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 30 June 2020

Lawyers for IRA man shot in 1972 seek inclusion in PSNI probe

Lawyers for an IRA man alleged to have been killed by a secretive British military unit have launched proceedings against the PSNI over his exclusion from a new investigation.

Published 4 June 2020

Lawyers claim Stormont House Agreement proposals risk 'police state'

The establishment of an independent Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) outside of the PSNI risks turning Northern Ireland into a "police state", two senior lawyers have claimed.

Published 6 May 2020

Legacy inquests to be delayed because of coronavirus

Legacy inquests set to begin this year will be delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the presiding coroner has said.

Published 30 April 2020

Westminster committee launches inquiry into legacy proposals

Controversial proposals to limit legacy investigations in order to protect former British soldiers from "vexatious claims" are set to be examined by a Westminster committee.

Published 29 April 2020

Legal experts warn latest legacy proposals incompatible with human rights laws

Proposals to limit legacy investigations in order to protect former British soldiers from "vexatious claims" are incompatible with the UK's human rights obligations, a new report has warned.

Published 9 April 2020

PSNI told by watchdog to carry out 'full audit' of historical records

The PSNI needs to carry out a "full audit" of its historical records to establish what material it may hold in relation to Troubles-related cases, a watchdog has said.

Published 2 April 2020

Christopher Stanley: Legacy investigation proposals undermine peace and devolution

Christopher Stanley, litigation consultant at KRW LAW LLP, examines the UK government's recent proposals for dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.

Published 23 March 2020

New legacy proposals designed to 'protect veterans' earn sharp rebuke

The UK government has come under sharp criticism after unilaterally announcing a new approach to legacy investigations which would "protect veterans from vexatious claims".

Published 18 March 2020

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