Achievements

2014

The PILS Project held a successful roundtable discussion on Friday 19th September at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies entitled Protective Costs Orders.

In the matter of an application by Drumragh Integrated College for judicial review (2014)NIQB 69

The High Court ruled that the Department of Education needs to implement the statutory duty to encourage and facilitate integrated education at all levels, including the strategic one.

In the Matter of an Application by the Committee on the Administration of Justice (2014) NIQB 67

The High Court held that a decision by the Parole Commissioners of Northern Ireland to refuse access to a representative of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) to observe a parole hearing was unlawful.

2013

The PILS Project facilitated a statutory body roundtable with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People and Equality Commission Northern Ireland. Oct 13

In the Matter of an Application by DE for Judicial Review

Following this legal action, the PSNI agreed to cancel the applicant’s enhanced criminal records certificate and to issue him with another one.

 

In the Matter of an Application by the Family Planning Association for Judicial Review [2013] NIQB 1

As a result of this legal challenge the Department of Health has prepared draft guidelines on when a termination of a pregnancy can be carried out in Northern Ireland. Jan 13

  • PILS Project held an NGO Stakeholder Forum which focused on "Human trafficking in Northern Ireland". Presentation was given by Helena McCormack of NICEM. April 13
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  • Training was provided by PILS to PPR (Participation and the Practice of Rights Project) on the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986. The training focused on how areas of the act can be challenged to help support PPR’s campaign to keep individuals with mental health safe. Jan 13

In the Matter of an Application by JR47 for Judicial Review [2013] NIQB 7  

The High Court confirmed that the Department of Health must review regularly whether those with learning disabilities can live in the community and no longer have to live in a hospital. Jan 13

2012

PILS Project held an NGO Stakeholder Forum which focused on the “Introduction of Judicial Review”. Presentation was given by Sean McParland of Law Centre NI. Sept 12

Training was provided by PILS to Rainbow Project on the "Introduction to Judicial Review". Nov 12

The PILS Project facilitated a statutory body roundtable with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People and Equality Commission Northern Ireland. Jun 12

  • Challenging the Cuts” event was held by the PILS Project and Equality Coalition in the wake of the budget cuts.  Feb 12 & Mar 12
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  • PILS Project and PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) hosted a successful conference titled “Using international standards beyond the European Court on Human Rights”. The conference focused on how international human rights standards could be used in Northern Ireland and Ireland courts, how barriers to using international human rights in domestic courts could be overcome. This was attended by legal practitioners, non-governmental organisations and academics. Jun 12
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  • PILS Project held a joint "Pro Bono seminar" with the Legal Support Group which was chaired by the Honourable Mr Justice Stephens. This was aimed at practitioners and promotion of a pro bono culture within Northern Ireland. Oct 12

2011

In the Matter of Applications by Seignerella Elaine Flaneur and Seignette Elaine Flaneure for Judicial Review [2011] NICA 72

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal decided that to deport someone after considering only the seriousness of the offence for which that person was convicted was against European Union law. Oct 11

In the Matter of an Application by Colaiste Feirste for Judicial Review of a Decision by The Department of Education Relating to School Transport [2011] NIQB 98

The High Court found that a failure to provide transport to and from this school breached the government’s duty to encourage pupils to receive their education in the Irish language. Oct 11

  • The PILS Project and Law Centre NI facilitated a roundtable on Third party intervention in public interest litigation chaired by Roger Smith, Director of JUSTICE. Jun 11
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  • The PILS Project facilitated an Access to Health roundtable with STEP, Human Rights Consortium, NICEM and Law Centre NI. Jul 11
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  • The PILS Project facilitated an Access to Health roundtable with Leona Askin BL giving a presentation. Nov 11

The PILS Project and PILA held a major joint conference, Political Commitment, Practical Protection: Using the ECHR North & South with over 350 attendees at Croke Park, Dublin. The conference featured Director of UK human rights organisation Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, as keynote speaker. Nov 11

In the Matter of an Application by Eamonn MacDermott for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland); In the Matter of an Application by Raymond Pius McCartney for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland), [2011] UKSC 18

The first case supported by PILS was before the UK Supreme Court. In this case the Court clarified when someone could claim compensation after a criminal conviction resulted from a miscarriage of justice. May 11

  • NGO Stakeholder Forum held which focused on "Liberty’s perspective on public interest litigation". Presentation was provided by James Welch, Director of Liberty. Feb 11
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  • Training to both NICEM and STEP on “Introduction to public interest litigation”. Mar 11
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  • Training provided to NGO Stakeholder Forum members on “Introduction to Judicial Review”. May 11
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  • The PILS Project held an NGO Stakeholder Forum which looked at NGO’s accessing official information through freedom of information request. There was a presentation by the Information Commissioner’s Office. May 11
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  • The PILS Project provided a “Maximising impact of public interest litigation” to its NGO Stakeholder Forum members. Oct 11
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  • The PILS Project held an NGO Stakeholder Forum titled “Legal Drafting Skill”. Presentation and advice was provided by Aidan Sands BL. Oct 11
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  • The PILS Project provided training to Age NI on “Using public interest litigation”. Nov 11

2010

The PILS Project held a conference looking at the “Developing Public Interest Litigation: the International Experience”. The event was opened by the Right Honourable Declan Morgan and the keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG. Chair of the panel of international speakers was Inez McCormack and the panel speakers were Dr Ann Skelton, Brad Seligman and Michael Farrell. Nov 10

2009

The PILS Project held its first Stakeholder Forum with non-government organisation (NGO).

The PILS Project held its first conference to introduce itself and announce its open for business. The keynote speaker was The Honourable Mr Justice Tracey.

The PILS Project was established.

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