Late Disclosure of Evidence by PPS leads to Acquittal in Rape Trial at Belfast Crown Court

The failure of the Public Prosecution Service to disclose relevant critical evidence to a defence team until immediately before a trial led to a directed acquittal in a rape trial in February 2020. Chris McCann, a senior solicitor with Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Advocates, Belfast, confirmed today that his client was acquitted this month…

John McDevitt Submits Application regarding Murder Conviction to Criminal Cases Review Commission

PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF JOHN MCDEVITT RE APPLICATION CHALLENGING CONVICTION TO THE CRIMINAL CASES REVIEW COMMISSION 14th February 2019 Patricia Coyle solicitor of Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Advocates, confirmed today that an application challenging the safety of murder conviction for client John McDevitt was submitted to the Criminal Cases Review Commission last month…

Northern Ireland Rape Case Review & Reforms

Northern Ireland rape case review calls for legal representation for complainants Sir John Gillen’s interim report also recommends limiting public access to courtrooms Alexandra Topping  Protests followed the acquittal of two Ulster rugby players for rape in March Photograph: Conall Kearney/Rex/Shutterstock A retired senior judge has called for an overhaul of the way rape is…

HCC Successful with Bail Application for man to enter Drug Rehabilitation Programme

HCC Lawyers have been successful with an Application  before the Crown Court to have a client admitted to bail to a Drug Rehabilitation Residential Programme. Chris McCann, Solicitor of Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors representing the man stated: “Many individuals find themselves before the courts as a result of them having Addiction issues. Admission to custody, despite the best efforts…

Harte Coyle Collins Welcomes Aoife McKnight

Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Advocates, is delighted to welcome Paralegal Aoife McKnight to the rapidly expanding firm. Aoife is from Belfast and is currently undertaking a placement year at Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Advocates, from Liverpool John Moores University as part of her LLB law degree (Hons). Aoife has a particular interest in…

European Court Rules Against PSNI Handling of Covert Surveillance from Legal Consultations

  EUROPEAN COURT RULES THAT LEGAL SAFEGUARDS REGARDING COVERT SURVEILLANCE OF A DETAINEE’S CONSULTATION WITH HIS LAWYER WERE INSUFFICIENT  In today’s Chamber Judgment the case of RE –v- United Kingdom the European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 8 (Right to Respect for Private and Family Life,…