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Voice of the Child

Children’s Media Law Seminar 2016

I’m looking forward to attending and addressing the Children’s Media Law Seminar 2016, which takes place on 26 Oct 2016, at Chartered Accountants House in Dublin. It’s a half-day CPD event, which  will discuss various aspects of the law relating to the protection of children with regard to publication in the media Key topics to be debated at the seminar will include: Review of the “In Camera” rule in Family Law …Read More

Alan Shatter’s 5 Family Law Legacies

Reporting in Family Law and Childcare Cases – the In Camera Rule Notably one of the most significant practical changes to family law practice, the changes that came into force now allow the media to report on family law and childcare proceedings,  according to strict conditions.  These reforms are designed to address the need for public access to important information on the operation of family and child care proceedings in …Read More

Giving children a voice in family law

There is a cultural shift afoot: more and more lawyers are standing up and commenting on children’s rights, and the discussion is well under way as to how our new changing Family Court Structure, should be best tailored to cater for the Voice of the Child. This observation is by no means made cynically, (as one who has been attempting to rattle this particular cage for some years), but with …Read More

Voice of the Child to be heard under new Mediation Bill?

The newly released census figures again highlight the ongoing increase in separation and divorce in Ireland, which as I have said in my last two blogs, is particularly hard on children. But there is one light on the legal horizon for Irish children. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D. has secured Government approval for the general scheme of a Mediation Bill which was published just …Read More