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07 July 2023

Law Society Statement on Legacy Bill

The Human Rights & Equality Committee of the Law Society of Northern Ireland has raised concerns about the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill.  The Committee has been monitoring this Bill, which will close down all current investigations into Troubles related cases including inquests, Police Ombudsman investigations, civil cases and police investigations. It also provides for a ‘conditional immunities’ scheme for perpetrators.

The Law Society opposes the denial of access to justice for victims and survivors and considers that this is incompatible with Article 2 ECHR (right to life).

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Notwithstanding the near universal criticism this Bill has attracted, it seems likely that it will become an Act of Parliament later this year.  Lawyers in Northern Ireland will soon have to decide how to respond to this new legislation.

In order to inform our response to the new legislation the Law Society of Northern Ireland will be holding a major conference on Legacy later this year. 


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