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01
Sep

Life Sentence and SOSP Prisoners in Northern Ireland, 1989

No.-12-Life-sentence-and-SOSP-prisoners-in-NI-1989 At 1st July 1988 there were 406 life sentence prisoners and 32 prisoners held at the Secretary of State’s pleasure in Northern Ireland. This constitutes around 27% of the average daily prison population, a figure considerably higher than the average 6% which prevails in the rest of the United Kingdom. Many of these prisoners...
01
Jun

Debt – An Emergency Situation? A history of the Payments for Debt Act in Northern Ireland and its effects on public employees and people on state benefits, 1989

No.-13-Debt-an-Emergency-Situation-1989 The Payments of Debt (Emergency Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 (PDA) was enacted in October 1971 to counter a rent and rates strike which had been called in protest against thee introduction of internment in August 1971. The legislation stated that the Act was to stay in force until six months after the end...
01
Sep

Police Accountability in Northern Ireland, 1988

No.-11-Police-Accountability-in-NI-1988 As part of a search for the best possible system of administering justice in Northern Ireland the committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) has studied two aspects of policing – the method of handling complaints against the police and the machinery for consultation between the police and the public (CAJ pamphlets no. 4...
02
Apr

The Stalker Affair: More Questions than Answers, 1988

No.-10-The-Stalker-Affair-More-questions-than-answers-1988 In 1982, several police suspects were shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in circumstances which prompted allegations that the RUC was operating a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy which ignored elementary principles of justice. The subsequent inquest and strong suggestions of a ‘cover-up’ led, in 1984, to the appointment of John Stalker. Deputy Chief constable...
01
Nov

“The Blessings of Liberty”: An American Perspective on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, 1986

No.-9-The-Blessings-of-Liberty-1986 Martin Flaherty is a student at the law school of Columbia University in New York City. He is a graduate in history and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Irish influences on the framing off the American Constitution. For ten weeks in the summer of 1986 Martin was working for the C.A.J. in...
01
Jul

Plastic Bullets and the Law, 1985

No.-8-Plastic-bullets-and-the-law-1985 (updated by pamphlet No. 15) (see also plastic Bullets briefing No. 40) This is an updated version of a document issued by the Committee on the Administration of Justice prior to its Annual Conference in May, 1983. Its purpose is to provide straightforward factual and legal information to ordinary members of the public about...
02
Jun

Consultation between the Police and the Public, 1985

No.-6-Consultation-between-police-and-the-public-1985 This paper is concerned with the machinery for future dialogue between the police and members of the public, especially at “grass-roots” level, on matters which concern them both; it is not concerned with the more fundamental matter of the accountability of the police, which has constitutional implications. The paper examines the history of arrangements...
01
Jun

Ways of Protecting Minority Rights in Northern Ireland, 1985

No.-7-Ways-of-protecting-minority-rights-in-Northern-Ireland-1985 The purpose of the pamphlet is to make people aware of some of the various methods by which the rights of minority groups could be protected in Northern Ireland. Part One comprises information collected by the sub-committee within the Committee on the Administration of Justice which was put before a conference of interested parties...
01
Sep

Emergency Laws: Suggestions for reform in Northern Ireland, 1983

No.-5-Emergency-Laws-suggestion-for-reform-in-Northern-Ireland-1983 This is a submission by the Committee on the Administration of Justice tot he review by the Rt. Hon. Sir George Baker OBE of the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978. The terms of reference of the review are as follows: “Accepting that temporary emergency powers are necessary to combat sustained terrorist violence, and...
01
May

Procedures for Handling Complaints Against the Police, 1983

No.-4-Procedures-for-handling-complaints-against-the-police-1983 (updated by pamphlet No.16) This pamphlet represents a submission which the Committee on the Administration of Justice is making to Lord Cowrie, Minister of State in the Northern Ireland Office, the bulk of it already having been submitted to him in October 1982. Its origin lies in the fact that it was known that...
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