Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Prison Law Paper: Taking Prison Law Cases - a Practical Approach

29th June 2012

This publication seeks to raise awareness of prison law and prisoners’ rights jurisprudence amongst legal professionals, and to increase their research capacity in these areas. It is part of a series of papers, one of which examines accountability structures and the law regulating Irish prisons; the other explores the law on aspects of prison conditions.

The topic of this paper is ‘taking prison law cases: a practical approach’. It seeks to address some practical aspects of taking prison law cases such as the causes of action available, matters relating to evidence, the possible role of interested agencies, and the effect of the release or transfer of a prisoner on a claim.

Download Taking Prison Law Cases - a Practical Approach here.

This publication is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of its Research Development Initiative. It is produced as part of a collaborative project between the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Dr. Mary Rogan BL of Dublin Institute of Technology called ‘Talking about Punishment: increasing understanding of prisoners’ rights and how those rights may be vindicated”.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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