A human rights watchdog has launched a High Court challenge over being denied access to hearings over whether to release Old Bailey bomber Marian Price.
The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) wanted to attend the Northern Ireland Parole Commissioners' proceedings as an observer.
Lawyers claimed yesterday the decision to refuse its request was unlawful and should be judicially reviewed.
Even though Price has since been released from custody, they rejected claims that the case is now academic.
The 59-year-old veteran republican spent two years behind bars before being freed in May.
Price served time 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 and over 200 people were injured.
Her licence was revoked in 2011 by the then Secretary of State Owen Paterson.
Mr Justice Treacy reserved his decision on whether to grant leave to seek a judicial review.