Marian Price decision unlawful
A decision to deny a human rights watchdog access to a hearing on whether to release Old Bailey bomber Marian Price was unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.
Mr Justice Treacy held that the Northern Ireland Parole Commissioners had misdirected themselves in refusing to let the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) attend as an observer.
He said: "Even in circumstances where there is an exception to the general principle of open justice, there is still a public interest in proceedings being as transparent and accountable as possible."
Lawyers for the CAJ pressed ahead with the judicial review challenge even after Price was released from custody. Rejecting claims that the case had been rendered academic, they claimed it formed part of a wider policy of refusing applications to attend Parole Commissioner hearings.
Price, a 59-year-old veteran republican, spent two years behind bars before being freed in May last year.
She had served a jail sentence along with her late sister Dolours for their part in the IRA car bomb attack on London's Old Bailey courts in 1973 in which one man died.