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Northern Ireland High Court

Local Judicial Review - Humanist Marriages

Permission granted to humanist marriage challenge

On 10th May 2017 the High Court granted permission to Laura Lacole’s challenge to have her forthcoming humanist marriage legally recognised. 

Freedom of Thought, Conscience & Religion, Northern Ireland High Court, Religious Law

The High Court of Northern Ireland has dismissed the Brexit challenge

McCord’s (Raymond) Application [2016] NIQB 85

On the 28th October 2016 Mr. Justice Maguire, sitting in the High Court of Belfast, dismissed two judicial review challenges in Northern Ireland to the manner in which the government intends to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union to trigger the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

Northern Ireland High Court

High Court sets limits on the use of police interview working tapes

On 3rd March 2016 the High Court ruled that police interview tapes of persons detained under the Terrorism Act can only be used in certain circumstances: for criminal or civil proceedings and for the purpose of investigating a complaint of ill treatment in relation to the interview itself.  The tapes cannot be used to progress other cases or to inform future investigations.

Criminal Law, Northern Ireland High Court

Permission granted to judicially review PSNI over custody death

On 12th January the High Court granted leave to a mother to judicially review a PSNI decision taken following the death of her son.

David McGowan was arrested and taken to Lisburn police station in May 2014.  He died while being held within the custody suite.  Subsequent to the death, the PSNI made the decision to reinstate the officer who dealt with Mr McGowan in custody. 

Northern Ireland High Court

Education Minister’s decision to close rural primary school quashed

On Friday 27th March 2015 Mr Justice Treacy handed down judgment in the judicial review taken by Clintyclay PS over a decision by John O’Dowd to close the catholic-maintained primary school.

With Clintyclay’s enrolment having dropped below 30 pupils, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) had proposed that it should close. An alternative proposal advanced by the school’s Board of Governors to change its management to grant-maintained integrated status was rejected.

Education, Local Developments, Northern Ireland High Court