The case of a 38-year-old former member of the Defence Forces who is accused of being a member of ISIS has been adjourned for three months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lisa Smith is accused of being a member of the Islamist terrorist organisation ISIS between the 28 October 2015 and 1 December 2019.

Neither she nor her solicitors based in Belfast were present in court today as their presence was not required.

Ms Smith, a mother of one child, was due to be served with the book of evidence today and sent forward for trial to a higher court but this was adjourned until July

The court was told the book was ready but cannot be served without the accused being present.

Judge Grainne Malone said there was no difficulty with the accused or their legal team not being present and she extended the time for service of the book of evidence.

The case is one of a large number of District Court cases that have been block remanded for three months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

People who have been remanded on bail are not required to appear in person in court although cases for those in custody are continuing.

Limits have been imposed on the numbers allowed into the court rooms and measures on social distancing are being implemented in the courts buildings

The court also heard that a special high-risk court has been established in Tallaght for people charged with offences who are suspected to be at risk of the coronavirus.