Supreme Court: Condition of sentence restraining employment of accused person for seven years was disproportionate

The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by a man who claimed that he had received unduly harsh conditions for a suspended sentence for harassment.

Published 21 July 2021

Court of Appeal: Time extended for man convicted of manslaughter to appeal sentence but not conviction

The Court of Appeal has allowed an application by a man convicted of manslaughter for an extension of time to appeal his sentence. However, the court refused the man’s application to extend time to appeal his conviction.

Published 2 July 2021

Maximum penalty for harming service dogs could be increased for second time in five years

A consultation is seeking views on whether the maximum penalty for injuring service animals on active duty in Northern Ireland should be increased for the second time in five years.

Published 29 June 2021

High Court: Custodial sentence cannot be activated for accused man after suspended sentence period lapsed

The High Court has allowed a judicial review application for a man who challenged the State’s entitlement to return him before the Circuit Court for offences which occurred during a suspended sentence period.

Published 28 June 2021

Long to meet family of student killed by drunk driver before sentencing review announcement

Justice Minister Naomi Long will next week meet with the family of an 18-year-old student killed by a drunk driver to discuss the initial findings of a major sentencing review.

Published 12 February 2021

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