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Welcome to our June newsletter.

Reminder: limited places left for Judicial Independence conference.  1.30 to 4.30, Friday 24 June, Inn of Court, Belfast. Organised by the Attorney General's Office and Law Centre (NI), with the support of the University of Ulster. Read more


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June 2011





Casework selection

Summer courses

Long stay patients

Refugee Convention celebration

Do you know how we select our cases?

Casework Strategy Cover images

To make best use of resources and maintain quality standards, the Law Centre needs to be selective in the cases which it takes on.  Our Strategic Case Selection Policy for 2011-2012 sets out how we will do this over the next twelve months. Read it here:

Strategic Case Selection Policy 2011-2012

If you would like to know more, please contact Maura McCallion 028 9024 4401


Summer training

Caroline Maguire delivers employment rights course 2011



All our courses carry CPD points.

Follow the links to book your place now.


15 June - Pregnancy and Benefits

18 August - Completing Disability Forms, DLA and ESA Best Practice

For more information on Derry courses, contact


9 June - Citizen Directive 2004/38/EC & Immigration (EEA) Regs 2006 - UK & ECJ Caselaw Update

with Simon Cox, Doughty Street Chambers, London

10 June - European Law and Social Security Update  - with Simon Cox, Doughty Street Chambers, London

17 June - Immigration and Criminal Justice

with Hugh Southey QC

22 June - Pregnancy and Benefits

25 August - Completing Disability Forms, DLA and ESA Best Practice

For more information on Belfast courses, contact


Time for fresh commitment to long stay patients

On 6 May, the High Court found that the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety was not in breach of its legal obligations to resettle a person from a learning disability hospital.

Acting on behalf of a client who has been waiting for over ten years to move out of a long stay hospital into the community, the Law Centre had brought the case to establish the duties owed by the Department.

Louise Arthurs, the Law Centre solicitor who brought the case, said that, while the ruling was disappointing, the case had highlighted an important issue. She called on the Northern Ireland Executive to give a fresh commitment that adults in Northern Ireland will no longer have a hospital as their permanent address.

Maureen Piggott, director of Mencap NI also found the judgment disappointing. She promised that Mencap will continue to campaign for the rights of people with a learning disability to get the housing and care they need to move into the community.

The judicial review was brought with support from the Public Interest Litigation Support Project which helps voluntary sector groups and others to bring cases of public importance.


Celebrate 60 years of Refugee Convention

Signatories of Refugee Convention with party hats

The 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention is 60 years old. Come and mark the event on Monday 20 June 2011, 4-6pm, Crescent Arts Centre, 2 University Road, Belfast

A Law Centre (NI) event supported by Inclusive Neighourhood  Project

The celebrations will be opened by:

Les Allamby, Director, Law Centre (NI)

Justin Kouame, Chair, Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Virginia McVea, Director, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Children very welcome, refreshments provided

RSVP to Gemma Graham 028 9024 4401