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NI Court of Appeal overturn Police Ombudsman funding decision

On 7th November the Court of Appeal reversed a decision of the High Court that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had failed to provide sufficient funding to the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI).

In the earlier decision the High Court ruled that the DOJ acted unlawfully by failing to provide sufficient funding to PONI to enable it to carry out its statutory obligation to investigate a complaint by Patricia Bell within a reasonable period of time. 

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Resident group to challenge Council's planning decision  

On 14th November the High Court granted permission to residents to judicially review Belfast City Council’s planning decision to approve a major office development in an inner city housing district. 
 
Residents in the Markets area of Belfast are opposed to the construction of a multi-storey office block as they claim it will impact negatively on their right to privacy. 
 

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Local Developments, Property Rights

Fair Employment Tribunal finds employee was victimised and harassed

The Fair Employment Tribunal has found that a woman, who worked for a Belfast-based bathroom supplier, was discriminated against, harassed and victimised on the grounds of her religious belief or political opinion and constructively unfairly dismissed.

 

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Employment Law, Local Developments

High Court quashes former Education Minister’s decision

On 13th October the High Court ruled that a decision to turn down an Irish language primary school’s bid to relocate must be quashed.

 

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Legal challenge to confidence and supply arrangement

In June’s edition we featured an article on an anticipated legal challenge to the Conservative government’s parliamentary pact with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

 

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High Court dismisses recognition of same sex marriage petition

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LGBT, Local Developments

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