The Bar of Northern Ireland

Bar of Northern Ireland launches e-bundles service for solicitors

The Bar of Northern Ireland has launched a new service which provides e-bundles for court and is accessible to solicitors when instructing members of the Bar Library.

Published 10 June 2021

Christine Smith QC appointed to chair urology inquiry

Christine Smith QC has been appointed to chair the public inquiry into the work of a Southern Trust urologist.

Published 9 March 2021

Bar rejects 'any amendments' to Human Rights Act 1998

Any changes to the Human Rights Act 1998 could "significantly undermine Northern Ireland's unique constitutional settlement", The Bar of Northern Ireland has said.

Published 9 March 2021

Code of conduct for barristers updated

The Bar Council of Northern Ireland has introduced a new version of its code of conduct for barristers.

Published 9 November 2020

Lawyers welcome extension of jury trials to six court venues

Lawyers have welcomed an extension of jury trials to include a total of six court venues across Northern Ireland.

Published 12 October 2020

Legal professions denounce attack on 'lefty lawyers'

Northern Ireland's solicitor and barrister professions have rebuked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his disparaging remarks about "lefty human rights lawyers".

Published 8 October 2020

Bar reaffirms rule of law is 'absolute and applies to all'

The Bar of Northern Ireland has reaffirmed its commitment to the maintenance of the rule of law in a short statement issued in the wake of the UK government's U-turn on Brexit.

Published 11 September 2020

Bar backs Scottish approach to personal injury discount rate

The Bar Council of Northern Ireland has recommended following the Scottish framework on personal injury discount rate.

Published 19 August 2020

Jenny Cunningham and Taryn Graham elected co-chairs of Young Bar Association

Barristers Jenny Cunningham BL and Taryn Graham BL have been elected as new co-chairs of the Young Bar Association.

Published 30 July 2020

Proposed bar on cross-examination by domestic abusers 'should apply to family courts'

A proposed automatic bar on alleged domestic abusers cross-examining complainants should be extended from the criminal courts to include the family courts, the Bar Council of Northern Ireland has said.

Published 17 June 2020

'We might find there are no barristers left': Bar raises stark warning over pandemic impact

Most Northern Ireland barristers will be unable to sustain their practice if there is no increase in court business or additional government support by September, a new survey suggests.

Published 7 May 2020

Bar calls for 'immediate two-week suspension' of in-person hearings

The Bar of Northern Ireland has called for an immediate two-week suspension of all in-person court hearing except in "very exceptional" circumstances.

Published 19 March 2020

Portrait of John P.B. Maxwell unveiled in Inn of Court

A new portrait of barrister John P.B. Maxwell has been unveiled in the Inn of Court in tribute of his exceptional contribution to life at the Bar.

Published 11 February 2020

Barristers sworn in as temporary High Court judges

Five senior Northern Ireland barristers have taken up office as temporary High Court judges as of today.

Published 24 January 2020

Naomi Long elected justice minister after devolution deal struck

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long has been elected as Northern Ireland's justice minister after the five main political parties signed up to a deal to restore devolution.

Published 13 January 2020