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Family Law Seminar December 1st 2017

(10 Nov 2017)




Domestic Violence – Practice and Procedure: Essential Legal Guidance for Solicitors

1 December 2017

The Radisson Hotel

Golden Lane

Dublin 8

2.00pm – 5.00pm


The Seminar will be chaired by Judge Colin Daly and will be of benefit to Family Law Solicitors, Child Law Solicitors, Criminal Law Solicitors and general Litigation Solicitors.


The aim and objective of this seminar is to provide practitioners with an update on all aspects of the law of Domestic Violence. Topics covered will include:-


Essential Circuit Court and District Court Practice and Procedure and Review of Domestic Violence Bill 2017 and international comparison, also review of how Domestic Violence engages the threshold Criteria as set out in the Child Care Act 1991;


Psychological effects of trauma on children;


Section 47 reports, essential guidance to include precedent joint letters of referral/terms of reference;


A guide on the obligations of Prosecutors to Victims in the wake of EU Directive on Minimum Standard for Victims Rights (EY 29/2012) and what to expect in respect to new and proposed associated legislation;


A frontline perspective, taking into account Women’s Aid Impact report of 2016.


Caoimhe Nic Domhnaill, registered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in area of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy. Has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  Completed Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (‘92). Lectured on Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programmes at UCD & TCD. Co-director of the Foundation Year in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Training (‘98-‘05) and has extensive training experience with multidisciplinary professionals. More recently Caoimhe has focused on the needs of Children of separated parents and their children as they navigate their way through court proceedings and she provides consultations and reports to the District, Circuit and High Courts in relation to the best interests of the child.


Gareth Henry is Senior Principal Solicitor with the DPP.  He heads the Communications & Victims’ Liaison Unit, which deals with victims of crime. He is currently undertaking his LLM in Advanced (on Victims’ Rights) and holds a Higher Diploma in White Collar Crime (Kings Inns). He holds a Diploma in Organisational Renewal and Transformation (UCD), White Collar Crime (TCD) and Crime Scene Investigation (DBS). He teaches Criminal Practice and Procedure at the Law Society of Ireland, Dublin.


Deirdre O’Donohue BL was called to the bar in 2010 and has a general civil litigation practice, receiving instructions extensively in Family and Child Law. She has acted on behalf of clients both instituting and defending proceedings pursuant to the Domestic Violence Act, 1996.  She has acted for respondent parents and guardian ad litems in child care proceedings. She undertook a Master’s Degree in International Family and Child Law at University College London during which she researched topics such as the ability of victims of domestic abuse to engage in family law mediation, and the nature of community policing available in the UK for victims of Domestic Violence.


Ruth O’Dea, Manager of Training and Development in Women’s Aid, has worked on issues of social justice, human rights and equality for over 15 years. Ruth is a graduate of the Masters in Equality Studies programme at UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice (’00).  Her work with Women’s Aid includes the development and delivery of training programmes on best practice responses to women and children experiencing domestic violence.


Conference Information

Date:                01 DECEMBER 2017

Time:                2.00 – 5.00pm

Location:          The Radisson Hotel

                                Golden Lane

                                Dublin 8

Fees:                € 150.00 Member

€ 245.00.00 Non Member

Registration:    1.30pm

                        2.00pm Presentations followed by questions and answers

                        5.00pm Conclusion


CPD:                3 Hours Group Study


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