Local Developments

'Hard' Brexit could hit NI Legal Profession

On 24th and 25th May the International Bar Association hosted their annual Bar Leaders’ Conference in Belfast.  The event brought together delegates from around the world to discuss the latest developments affecting the legal profession today.  One topic of discussion was the opportunities and challenges Brexit could bring to the legal profession.  Norville Connolly, Council Member of the Law Society NI, said that Brexit was a significant issue for the profession.  He commented

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Newly qualified teacher scheme unlawful

   Newly qualified teacher scheme lawful

 

The Department of Education’s ‘Investing in the Teaching Workforce’ programme will go ahead as planned after a legal challenge was rejected at the High Court. 

The programme aimed to allow up to 120 teachers over the age of 55 to retire early in 2016/17.  They would be replaced by newly qualified teachers who had graduated since 2012.

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Employment Law, Local Developments

Local Judicial Review - Police Ombudsman

 

Systemic underfunding of Police Ombudsman impeding investigation of complaints

 

Bell’s (Patricia) Application [2017] NIQB 38

 

Mr Justice Maguire has ruled that persistent government underfunding of the Police Ombudsman’s office is impeding investigations of complaints against police within a reasonable time. 

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Police misconstrued their legal powers during the ‘flag protest’

DB v Chief Constable of PSNI [2017] UKSC 7

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the police had legal powers to stop the ‘flag protests’ that took place in Belfast in December 2012 and continued into March 2013. 

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Leave for judicial review of decision to prosecute mother who procured abortion pills for her daughter

The High Court granted leave to judicially review the decision of the PPS to prosecute a mother for procuring abortion pills for her fifteen year old daughter who wanted to terminate her pregnancy.

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Criminal Law, Local Developments

Leave granted to judicially review request for recordings of testimony of NI conflict

A man who had been formerly linked to the IRA was granted leave to judicially review the PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service for issuing an International Letter of Request (ILOR) concerning recordings held at Boston College.

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