A legal challenge by the PSNI over how it policed a series of contentious loyalist parades in Belfast is to be fast-tracked.

Senior judges agreed to list the hearing for next month after being told it involves issues of operational importance for the PSNI.

There were a series of loyalist parades in late 2012 and early 2013 after Belfast City Council decided to restrict the number of days it would fly the Union flag over Belfast City Hall.

A resident from the mainly nationalist Short Strand area took a court action against the PSNI over how it policed those early loyalist parades.

The resident, whose identity was not made public, claimed he had been left besieged by serious disorder and that the police had not done their duty.

High Court Judge Mr Justice Treacy upheld his complaint last month.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott indicated at the time of the ruling that he would be lodging an appeal.