Law

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Political Expediency Shouldn’t Trump Devolution- why the forced ‘abortion’ regulations are bad for NI- By Libby Wells

Political Expediency Shouldn’t Trump Devolution- why the forced ‘abortion’ regulations are bad for NI- By Libby Wells

By Libby Wells Today, the Abortion (NI) Regulations 2021 come into effect. Regardless of your stance on abortion, if you welcome Westminster devolving powers to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, then you should be concerned about the impact of this otherwise controversial piece of subordinate legislation. At its simplest, the 2021 regs amend the Northern […]

EDITORIAL: Why Unionism and Loyalism must withdraw all support for the PSNI in defence of the rule of law

EDITORIAL: Why Unionism and Loyalism must withdraw all support for the PSNI in defence of the rule of law

By Jamie Bryson  The DUP leader and First Minister Arlene Foster has finally arrived at the realisation that the Chief Constable’s position is “untenable”. She has accordingly called for his resignation. The Chief Constable has refused. The DUP are now bound by their own logic; policing is so discredited, so biased and so politically motivated […]

ANALYSIS: The PSNI timeline exposing their collusion with republicans in advance of facilitating IRA Storey funeral

ANALYSIS: The PSNI timeline exposing their collusion with republicans in advance of facilitating IRA Storey funeral

By Jamie Bryson The Director of Public Prosecutions (‘DPP’) issued an extensive statement seeking to explain his perverse and politically motivated decision to effectively grant blanket immunity to all those who participated in the IRA show of strength at the funeral of Bobby Storey. Naturally when it came to a family funeral in East Belfast, […]

Legal action seeking to compel the Secretary of State to declare loyalist ceasefires over has no basis in law

Legal action seeking to compel the Secretary of State to declare loyalist ceasefires over has no basis in law

By Jamie Bryson Last week it was announced that an unnamed individual was to bring legal action against the Secretary of State if he refused to declare loyalist ceasefires over, and further suspend the licences of all those released under the Belfast Agreement. A solicitor for her legal firm, McIvor Farrell, said: “Loyalist paramilitary organisations […]

PSNI pursuit of Rangers fans illuminates yet again blatant two-tier policing

PSNI pursuit of Rangers fans illuminates yet again blatant two-tier policing

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI Inside a mere six-days, PSNI detectives from their Criminal Investigation Branch (yes, it is that serious) have descended on the homes on a number of loyalists in pursuit of the priority investigation (this week’s Sinn Fein direction) flowing from Rangers fans gathering to celebrate the club’s 55th league title. Let us […]

Inequality under the law- The PSNI’s disregard for Human Rights

Inequality under the law- The PSNI’s disregard for Human Rights

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI In the past three weeks, the PSNI- via their paramilitary crime task force (PCTF) has carried out an incredible twenty arrests under the Terrorism Act 2000 within loyalist areas. Nineteen of these arrests have been in East Belfast, with one in the North Antrim area. All hose arrested have been released […]

OPINION: PSNI and Department of Justice are wrong on powers of entry

OPINION: PSNI and Department of Justice are wrong on powers of entry

By Jamie Bryson At the outset it is important to set out that legitimate debates around concerns about the PSNI abusing their powers or misinterpreting the law should not act as an encouragement to anyone to breach public health guidance or otherwise act unreasonably. Opposition to the PSNI operating unlawfully and in breach of the […]

LAW: What powers are PSNI relying upon for carrying out Covid Road Checks?

LAW: What powers are PSNI relying upon for carrying out Covid Road Checks?

By Jamie Bryson The PSNI are very open about the purpose of their road checks and stop and search activities. They have made clear on their own social media it is in regards to policing the Health Protection Regulations. This, it would seem, is rather foolish as it makes things even more difficult for them. […]

Surrendering Sovereignty -A paper analysing the constitutional implications of the NI Protocol

Surrendering Sovereignty -A paper analysing the constitutional implications of the NI Protocol

You can download the document for free The Constitutional Implications of the NI Protocol [2020] The Northern Ireland Protocol poses a clear and present danger to the constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom. The European Research Group legal opinion published on 29 December 2020 departs from their own previous analysis, and has concluded […]

NEW: Another PSNI gaffe as they wrongly close taxi businesses and then compound their error with a clarification ‘statement’

NEW: Another PSNI gaffe as they wrongly close taxi businesses and then compound their error with a clarification ‘statement’

By Jamie Bryson In a lengthy statement, the majority of which is devoted to trying to offer some explanation for the latest PSNI gaffe, ACC Alan Todd actually compounds the PSNI’s error. He states that “the current regulations, as drafted, do not appear to provide a specific exemption to enable taxi companies and drivers to […]