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Diplock courts

the name given to courts in Northern Ireland in which certain terrorist offences were tried by a judge sitting without a jury. The name derives from that of the English law lord whose report in 1972 recommended their creation.
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D'Amato went so far as to call the Diplock courts "kangaroo
One of the protections offered by the Diplock court system is an
Under this legislation a system of trial without jury, commonly known as the Diplock Courts, was established.
of Justice, supra note 8, at 58-70 (discussing the Diplock court system's use during the cease-fire period).
Boutrab, who travelled from Dublin to Belfast by train, was the first al Qaida suspect to be tried in the North under the non-jury Diplock court system, which had only previously been used for the trial of loyalist and republican terrorists.
He added: "The Diplock court system was introduced for a specific reason but it appears that it may have continued value in combatting organised crime.
The Diplock courts system, as it became known, was brought in as an emergency measure in 1973.
But the Liberal Democrats expressed scepticism over the pledge on Diplock courts, saying that experience of the controversial legislation had taught them to be "extremely cautious" over such promises.
His predecessor, David Blunkett, mooted the introduction of modern day versions of the Diplock courts used to try terror suspects in Northern Ireland without a jury.
As a judge in Northern Ireland he often presided over so-called Diplock courts, where major crimes are tried by judges alone and where the prosecution is given wide latitude in the use of paid informants.
But why is unionism afraid of the creation of an accountable, representative police service that is free from partisan political control or a criminal justice system free from Diplock courts and repressive legislation?