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Civil Legal Aid Review Conference

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Representatives from DCM attended the Civil Legal Aid Review conference in Dublin Castle at the end of February.

Organised by the Chief Justice Working Group, the two-day event explored the civil legal aid system and opportunities under the review currently taking place to develop a model system in Ireland.

The conference was an informative experience, with valuable contributions from a range of experts including academics, judges, lawyers, and other service providers. Among the topics covered were the benefits of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution measures, which generated thoughtful discussions and provided valuable insights. The event offered numerous practical ideas to support the necessary reforms in the sector and was overall a worthwhile and informative experience.

Conference headline speakers, including Former Chief Justice Mr. Frank Clarke, Minister for Justice T.D Simon Harris and Chief Justice Mr. Donal O’Donnell.

Left to right: DCM member Sharon McAllorum, with Former Chief Justice & Chair of Civil Legal Aid Board Mr. Frank Clarke & Muriel Walls, Solicitor & Former Chair of the Legal Aid Board.

Left to right: Eilis Barry Chief Executive of FLAC and DCM member Sharon McAllorum.

'Vision of the Future' speakers including Nuala Jackson SC Chair Legal BC Aid Board, Eilish Barry Chief Executive FLAC, Maura Derivan President of the Law Society of Ireland, Gerry Whyte Prof. Of Law TCD, Sara Phelan SC Chair of the Bar of Ireland & Fiona Clyne Chief Executive Citizens information Board.

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