High Court urges swift NI law reform

A High Court judge has warned of the need to expedite Northern Ireland law reform, saying the current proposals before the Assembly should not be allowed to "gather dust".

Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey also chairs the independent body which reviews and recommends reform of the law, the Northern Ireland Law Commission, which was set up in 2007. The Commission has announced its' second program of reforms which includes seven main points that relate to areas of criminal law, property conveyancing, and regulation of medical professionals.

The criminal law changes proposed relate to bail, unfitness of an accused person to plea, the defence of insanity, and how criminal prosecutions are begun. The two property related reforms relate to rules relating apartment blocks and other multi-unit property developments, as well as some changes to Landlord and Tenant Law.

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