Belfast Telegraph

UVF supergrass trial legal arguments to go online

The UVF supergrass trial has made history for a second time after the judge proposed that legal arguments by lawyers should be published on the internet.

In a unique bid to ensure proper access to the judicial process, Mr Justice Gillen said that, with the agreement of counsel, their written submissions should be freely available online for members of the public to read. Any resulting judgments or rulings should also be published, the judge said.

He explained while these skeleton arguments were considered by the court, they were not always opened publicly during proceedings.

At the beginning of the non-jury trial last September, Mr Justice Gillen initially granted permission for the case to be "tweeted" on social media website Twitter.

He is presiding over a marathon case of 14 defendants implicated in a catalogue of UVF terror crimes. Nine of the accused are charged with the 2000 murder of rival UDA chief Tommy English.

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