Attackers of police and ambulance staff could face stiffer sentences

People who attack police officers or ambulance staff could face stiffer prison sentences in Northern Ireland following a review, Justice Minister Naomi Long has indicated.

Published 20 January 2021

Proposals to expand spent convictions regime out for consultation

Proposals to significantly expand the spent convictions regime in Northern Ireland for the first time since its introduction more than four decades ago have gone out for consultation.

Published 11 January 2021

Court of Appeal: Prison Service’s calculation of remission time correct

The Court of Appeal has rejected a man’s argument that he was imprisoned for 24 hours longer than permitted.

Published 15 December 2020

Court of Appeal: No error in principle in reducing a sentence by means of suspended sentence

The Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal of a man who assaulted and imprisoned an elderly man.

Published 13 November 2020

Maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder to be increased to life imprisonment

The maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder will be increased to life imprisonment under a new bill announced by the government.

Published 17 September 2020

Decline in use of suspended sentences may be down to misapplication of case law

A sharp decline in the use of suspended sentences in Ireland may be down to sentencing courts failing to correctly apply two key principles, the Law Reform Commission has suggested.

Published 31 August 2020

Law Reform Commission to publish report on suspended sentences

A new Law Reform Commission report on suspended sentences is due to be published on Monday, the law reform body has said.

Published 28 August 2020

Responses to sentencing consultation to be published in August

Responses to the public consultation on sentencing policy will be published in August, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 27 July 2020

Court of Appeal: Sentence appeal allowed on indecent assault case

The Court of Appeal has partially allowed an appeal, with regard to sentence, of a man who sexually abused two of his sisters.

Published 26 June 2020

Prisoner numbers continue to rise in Ireland

Prisoner numbers continued to rise in Ireland last year, putting pressure on the penal system in areas including prisoner accommodation, the provision of services and the volume of prisoner escorts.

Published 15 June 2020

Court of Appeal clarifies use of Enhanced Combination Orders in sexual assault trials

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has clarified the circumstances in which an Enhanced Combination Order (ECO) can be imposed on sex offenders.

Published 13 May 2020

Loyalist 'supergrass' has prison sentence increased on appeal

A six-and-a-half year prison sentence for a loyalist killer who became a "supergrass" after his arrest has been found unduly lenient by the Court of Appeal.

Published 17 April 2020

Court of Appeal: Sentences increased for men who robbed Post Office at gunpoint

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentences of four men for armed robbery of a post office.

Published 11 March 2020

Supreme Court: Surrounding circumstances of abuse must be considered in rape cases

In a matrimonial rape case involving a pattern of abuse, threats to kill, and a violent attack with a hammer after the rape, the Supreme Court has set out the sentencing principles which must be observed when dealing with a pattern of violent and abusive behaviour.

Published 9 December 2019

Seminar to hear calls for alternative approach to young offenders

Alternative sentencing and policy approaches are needed to reduce the offending rate among young adults, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.

Published 22 November 2019