The Supreme Court ruled the police did have the legal power to stop the parades
Five Supreme Court justices in London ruled unanimously in favour of the unnamed resident, announcing that the police did have the legal power to stop the parades.
Mass loyalist demonstrations, some of which descended into serious violence, were staged across Northern Ireland in opposition to Belfast City Council's decision to limit the number of days the union flag flew over City Hall.
In April 2014, a High Court judge ruled in favour of a resident of the nationalist Short Strand area of east Belfast, who claimed the police's failure to stop unnotified loyalist marches past his home between December 2012 and February 2013 breached his right to privacy and family life.
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Five Supreme Court justices in London ruled unanimously in favour of the unnamed resident
Loyalist protesters carrying Union flags clashing with police in Belfast in 2012
Later that year, appeal judges overturned the ruling following a challenge by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
The resident then took his case to the Supreme Court.
Today, the five Supreme Court justices said the PSNI had “misconstrued” its legal powers to stop parades passing through or adjacent to the Short Strand area.
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