Legacy inquests



Victims' commissioner calls for urgent appointment of successor

The outgoing Commissioner for Victims and Survivors has called on the Executive Office to appoint a successor as a matter of urgency.

Published 26 August 2020

Les Allamby: Responding to COVID-19 in a post-conflict society

Les Allamby, chief commissioner for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, considers how Northern Ireland is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 20 August 2020

Police ombudsman strikes information sharing agreement with PSNI

A new information sharing agreement has been struck between the PSNI and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI).

Published 12 August 2020

'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