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Northern Ireland could see so-called Nightingale Courts set up to help reduce the jury trial backlog created by Covid-19.

Juries may also be reduced in size from 12 to nine, or even seven members, under plans being considered by the Lord Chief Justice and the Criminal Bar Association (CBA).

The new arrangements are being hammered out in meetings between the CBA, which represents a large number of lawyers in Northern Ireland, and Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan.