- Exploring the scope of discretion in ordering non-jury trials (Re application by Dennis Hutchings for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland))
- What are the practical implications of the judgment?
- What was the background?
- What did the Supreme Court decide?
Public Law analysis: James Lewis QC, barrister at Three Raymond Buildings, examines the Supreme Court’s decision in Re application by Dennis Hutchings for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) that the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland (DPP) can issue a certificate under section 1 of the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (JS(NI)A 2007) directing that a member of the armed forces who shot a person he suspected of being a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) should stand trial by a judge sitting without a jury.
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