Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain is to face legal action over critical comments he made about a leading Northern Irish judge in his recently-published memoir.
Mr Hain, who is a former Northern Ireland Secretary made the comments about the handling of a judicial review case handled by Lord Justice Girvan in 2006.
According to the book's publisher, Biteback, the Attorney General of Northern Ireland has been granted leave to bring proceedings for contempt of court against both the publisher and Mr Hain.
Biteback's statement says that the Attorney General believes that the passages in the book,
Peter Hain has said,
The case is listed for review by the Divisional Court in Belfast on 24 April 2012. Biteback Managing Director Iain Dale has issued this statement: