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Child born with congenital disabilities as a result of incestuous rape not entitled to compensation

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First Tier Tribunal (Social entitlement Chamber) and Y by his mother and Litigation Friend [2017 EWCA Civ 139

The Court of Appeal held that a child born as a result of incestuous rape was unable to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) for his congenital disabilities.  These disabilities were 50% likely in the case of this child, compared to a 2-3% likelihood for the general population.

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Supreme Court rules that cohabitee is entitled to share of deceased’s partner’s pension

In the matter of an application by Denise Brewster for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2017] UKSC 8

The Supreme Court unanimously allowed an appeal by a woman from Northern Ireland, in which she claimed that she was entitled to a share of her deceased’s partner’s pension.


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. 

Local Developments

ECtHR held that removal of journalists from parliamentary press gallery violated Article 10

Selmani and Ors v The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Application No. 67259/14)

On the 9th February 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that the forcible removal of journalists from a parliamentary press gallery was a violation of their right to freedom of expression.

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