High Court: Full costs awarded to partially successful applicants in judicial review proceedings

The High Court has granted an order for full costs despite the applicants only being partially successful in their judicial review proceedings. The court considered the case to be one of “general public importance”, raising significant issues regarding journalistic privilege and freedom of expression.

Published 11 January 2021

First case of Covid-19 in female prisoner population confirmed

A female prisoner in Northern Ireland has tested positive for Covid-19 for the first time, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has said.

Published 11 January 2021

Ombudsman report to be used in litigation over policing of Black Lives Matter protests

A damning report from the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland on the treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters will be raised in ongoing litigation, a human rights firm has said.

Published 23 December 2020

Watchdog concludes police treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters was unfair but not racist

The PSNI's different treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters and loyalist counter-protesters was unfair but not motivated by racism, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has said.

Published 22 December 2020

Gardaí to issue cautions to adults caught with cannabis

Gardaí will now issue cautions to adults caught with small amounts of cannabis and cannabis resin in a significant expansion of the adult cautioning scheme introduced nearly 15 years ago.

Published 17 December 2020

Ireland to join EU law enforcement system

Ireland is set to join a major EU law enforcement system next March in a "game-changer" for Garda investigations of cross-border crime.

Published 10 December 2020

Gardaí make progress on implementing reform plans

An Garda Síochána made progress last year on the implementation of the policing reform plan, according to its latest annual report.

Published 8 December 2020

Policing of business crime has improved since 2017

The PSNI has made "considerable progress" in improving how business crime is dealt with in Northern Ireland, the criminal justice watchdog has found.

Published 26 November 2020

Properties seized by paramilitary crime task force under Proceeds of Crime Act

A number of properties in Northern Ireland have been seized by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers, working as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF), following a High Court order.

Published 24 November 2020

No further action against Gerry Kelly over 'offensive' tweet

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly will face no further action following complaints that an "offensive" tweet breached the NI Policing Board's code of conduct.

Published 23 November 2020

Watchdog report raises questions about 'institutional racism' in the PSNI

A new report which blasted the PSNI's approach to Black Lives Matter protests in Northern Ireland as "not lawful" raises questions about institutional racism in the force, a law firm has said.

Published 13 November 2020

Ban on over-35s becoming gardaí ruled unlawful

A ban on over-35s applying to become gardaí is discriminatory and unlawful, the Workplace Relations Commission has ruled.

Published 5 November 2020

Gardaí to gain new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers

Gardaí will be able to issue fixed penalty notices of up to €500 under new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers announced by government ministers.

Published 21 October 2020

Police and MI5 crime authorisation bill clears third reading

Proposed legislation giving undercover police and MI5 agents explicit permission to commit criminal offences has passed its third reading in the House of Commons by a huge margin.

Published 16 October 2020

Prominent crime reporter lodges complaint against PSNI

A prominent crime reporter has lodged a complaint with the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland over the PSNI's alleged failure to investigate a threat against her newborn son.

Published 13 October 2020