Controversial spit hoods rolled out further despite calls for phasing-out

Controversial spit hoods have been rolled out to thousands more PSNI officers in spite of a call from the Northern Ireland Policing Board for their use to be "phased out as soon as possible".

Published 4 March 2021

Report suggests legal advice for child suspects should be made mandatory

It should be mandatory for children detained by gardaí to receive legal advice from specialist solicitors, a landmark study commissioned by the Policing Authority has suggested.

Published 3 March 2021

Police Federation to launch judicial review over suspension of officer

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland has said it will launch judicial review proceedings over the suspension of a PSNI officer involved in an arrest at a memorial marking the 29th anniversary of a mass shooting.

Published 2 March 2021

PSNI use of discretion and penalty notices has improved

The PSNI's use of discretion and penalty notices to deal with low level offences has improved but more work remains to be done, the criminal justice watchdog has said.

Published 18 February 2021

Lawyers among Policing Authority nominees

Four people, including a solicitor and a barrister, have been nominated by ministers for appointment to the Policing Authority.

Published 10 February 2021

Police watchdog investigating arrest at memorial for shooting

Northern Ireland's police watchdog has launched an investigation after an "altercation" involving an arrest at a memorial marking the 29th anniversary of a mass shooting.

Published 8 February 2021

Court of Appeal: Defendant had no right to be questioned by gardaí in criminal cases

The Court of Appeal has overturned a Circuit Court decision to withdraw a case from a jury because the defendant was not questioned by gardaí about the alleged offences. The court said that the defendant had “no entitlement to be detained and questioned” by gardaí in order to present his story prior to trial.

Published 25 January 2021

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