Health Department reveals new guidelines on abortion are to be sent to the Executive within weeks
The Department of Health has confirmed that it intends to circulate new guidelines on the circumstances when a pregnancy can be terminated in Northern Ireland to the Executive in the next number of weeks.
In many criminal cases, before the Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Courts, a judge can punish those guilty of committing offences through the imposition of fines. Should those fines not be paid within a certain period of time, a person can be ordered to serve time in prison instead of paying the fine.
Jane Antoniou was a campaigner for the rights of those with mental health difficulties. Mrs Antoniou herself was schizophrenic and spent a number of periods in mental health facilities, as a voluntary patient and as a person detained under the Mental Health Act. She was detained in a hospital when she took her own life, on the 23rd October 2010. The claimant in this case was the deceased’s widower.
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) considered 2 appeals. The appellants both worked as staff in foreign diplomatic missions. Before 2 separate tribunals, their claims were dismissed as state immunity under the State Immunity Act (SIA) was applicable.
The EAT were asked to consider the European Convention of Human Rights. However the Convention and the Human Rights Act could not be applied. In order for the courts to read the SIA as convention compliant, would require the courts to amend the legislation, essentially going further than the courts were able to.
An area of some controversy has been the interpretation of Article 8 of the Convention in cases where an individual seeks to contest a deportation order. The difficulties in this area have been exacerbated by the Home Office introducing amendments to the immigration rules regarding the interpretation of Article 8.
Decision by London Transport to carry pro-gay adverts on buses threatens to re-activate legal proceedings
In previous editions of the Update, we referred to a judicial review brought on behalf of a Christian organisation. The challenge related to a decision by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to refuse to allow London buses to carry adverts that claimed gay people could be ‘cured’. These adverts were modelled on the Stonewall pro-gay advert: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it’.
The High Court upheld the Mayor’s decision to ban the adverts. However that decision is currently subject to appeal. The appeal itself is scheduled to be heard at the start of December 2013.
Sacked Greek worker who was HIV positive awarded €14,000 by European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
A Greek jewellery worker who was HIV positive, was sacked after co-workers voiced their objections to his continued employment. The domestic courts dismissed his complaints on what the ECtHR described as ‘clearly inaccurate information’. This included the contagious nature of the illness and the fact they had failed to explain how the interests of the employer outweighed those of the employee.