Northern Ireland’s Non-Jury Trials

The Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, is due to decide whether to extend the non-jury trial provisions of the Justice and Security (NI) Act 2007 – that ‘sunset clause’ is about to come into effect. And, on Hearts and Minds last night, Julia Paul noted that there have been 38 such non-jury trials, “cases in which paramilitary and community-based pressures continue to be a factor”, since the legislation came into effect in July 2007.