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ACJRD 18th Annual Conference

'Victims in Focus: European & Domestic Perspectives' 

The EU Member States must implement the provisions of the The European Directive 201/29/EU on Victims’ Rights* into their national laws by 16 November 2015 http://ec.europa.eu/justice/criminal/victims/index_en.htm.

 In recognition of the major implications of the implementation of this Directive for all organs of our Criminal Justice System, The  ACJRD 18th Annual Conference on Friday, 2nd October, 2015 provided a forum for the dissemination of information and discussion with international and national experts through a number of plenary and workshop sessions.

A report on the conference proceedings will be published early in 2016.

ACJRD Conference morning speakers

Conference speakers (L-R): Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowska, Dr Katrien Lauwaert, The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Ellen Ring, Stephen Meighan and Maura Butler (ACJRD Chairperson).

2015 Conference speakers - afternoon

Conference speakers (L-R): Maura Butler, Maria McDonald, Chief Superintendent Anne Marie McMahon and DPP Claire Loftus.

Conference Speakers included: The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Ellen Ring; Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowska, Legal officer, European Commission, Directorate General of Justice, Procedural Criminal Law Unit; Katrien Lauwaert, Senior Researcher at the European Forum for Restorative Justice and Leuven Institute of Criminology, Belgium; Stephen Meighan, Victims Support Europe & Chair of Victim Support Scotland; Claire Loftus, Director of Prosecutions; Maria McDonald, BL; and Chief Superintendent Anne Marie McMahon, Director of Training, Garda College.

Conference Workshop Presenters included: Dr Marsha Scott, Scottish Women’s Aid and Dr Eimear Spain, School of Law, University of Limerick; Cheryl Lamont, (Acting) Director, Probation Board for Northern Ireland; Stephanie Weir, Probation Officer, Probation Board for Northern Ireland; Stephen Doyle, Founder & Director, Care After Prison; Dr Gillian Harold, Postdoctoral Researcher, UCC; Tom O’Malley, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, NUI Galway; Tara Brown, Volunteer Manager, Ruhama; Dearbhail Mc Donald, Associate Editor, Legal Editor, The Irish Independent; and Naomi Feely, Senior Policy Officer, Age Action Ireland

Victims in Focus - Conference Programme

*The European Directive 201/29/EU on Victims’ Rights“...establishes minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime [and] ensures that persons who have fallen victim of crime are recognised treated with respect and receive proper protection, support and access to justice”.  The Directive replaces the 2001 Framework Decision on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings and considerably strengthens the rights of victims and their family members to information, support and protection and victims' procedural rights in criminal proceedings.  The Directive also requires that the Member States ensure appropriate training on victims' needs for officials who are likely to come into contact with victims and encourage co-operation between Member States and co-ordination of national services of their actions on victims' rights.

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