Legacy inquests

Legacy practitioners warn UK legacy proposals would 'undermine the rule of law'

A group of human rights NGOs, academics and lawyers has warned that new legacy proposals from the UK government "would breach both international law and the domestic Human Rights Act, deliver impunity, bury truth recovery and fundamentally undermine the rule of law".

Published 17 June 2021

Fresh inquest ordered into New Lodge Six shooting

Attorney General Brenda King has ordered a fresh inquest into the shooting of six Catholic men in the New Lodge area of north Belfast in February 1973.

Published 12 February 2021

First legacy inquest under five-year plan concludes shooting was 'unjustified'

The British Army was "unjustified" in shooting an unarmed and innocent Co Tyrone farmer in cold blood in 1974, the first legacy inquest held under the Lord Chief Justice's five-year plan has concluded.

Published 22 January 2021

Equality watchdog investigating complaint over legacy proposals

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is investigating claims that the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) broke the law by failing to publish an equality assessment of its legacy proposals.

Published 15 December 2020

First legacy inquest under five-year plan to begin in 'hybrid' format

The first legacy inquest to take place under the five-year plan set out by the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, is set to begin at the end of the month.

Published 20 November 2020

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