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MLAs criticise NI Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan

MLAs have criticised Northern Ireland's most senior judge after he suggested the justice committee was acting outside its powers.

The Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan accused the committee of "unconstitutional conduct" in its inquiries into judicial appointments.

Part of Sir Declan's letter was read to the committee by chairman Paul Givan.

Mr Givan, a DUP MLA, said he was "taken aback" by the correspondence.