NI to follow rest of UK with Domestic Violence Bill

The restoration of the power sharing executive in Northern Ireland has had a spectacular impact on its legal sector.  We have already reported on how the much anticipated Redress Board was up and running with High Court Judge, A Colton appointed as president.  Last week also saw the first call of new QC’s to the Bar of Northern Ireland; a move held up by the lack of the Executive.

The new Justice Minister has now confirmed that she is to implement legislation to mirror the domestic abuse legislation activated in England & Wales in 2015 and in Scotland in 2019. The proposed Domestic Abuse Bill is currently with the legislative drafters and it is hoped that the final document could be brought forward within the next few months and with the co-operation of the parties and full Executive it is hoped that the Bill could be introduced by April or May 2020.

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