A former soldier has begun his appeal to the Supreme Court against a decision to try him in a Diplock Court.
A Diplock Court is a non-jury trial heard by a judge only. Diplock courts were introduced in 1973 in an attempt to deal with terrorist offences during the Troubles.
The former soldier is due to be tried for attempted murder in connection with a fatal shooting in Northern Ireland in 1974.
The Government technically abolished the old Diplock courts in 2007.
However, the Government gave the Director of Public Prosecutions temporary power to decide that exceptional cases should be tried without a jury if he believed there was still a risk of jurors being intimidated.
Latest posts by Shalish Mehta (see all)
- Ski firm Sunweb faces legal fight over ticket refund plan - 28th May 2020
- Coronavirus: Watchdog threatens legal action on holiday and wedding refunds - 13th May 2020
- ‘Corona divorce’: A Japanese rental firm offers apartments to give couples time apart from their spouses - 30th April 2020
- EasyJet’s founder threatens to sue airline executives - 27th April 2020
- Section on Coronavirus Act 2020 introduced for Landlords - 16th April 2020