MPs approve extension of non-jury trials in NI

Throughout ‘the Troubles’ jury tampering was a major issue and so, in 1972, Diplock (non-jury) courts were established. Non-jury courts were abolished in 2007, save that the Justice and Security (NI) Order 2007 provided the Director of Public Prosecutions the power to order a Judge only trial in exceptional circumstances. This legislation was only meant to be temporary but, in the House of Commons yesterday, MPs approved an order extending the use of non-jury trials for another 2 years.

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