Irish Penal Reform Trust

Research Report: The Practice of Pre-trial detention in Ireland

30th April 2016

This report is one of 10 country reports outlining the findings of an EU-funded research project that was conducted in 10 different EU Member States in 2014 - 2015.

While there have been numerous studies on the legal framework governing pre-trial detention in EU Member States, limited research into the practice of pre-trial detention decision-making has been carried out to date.

This lack of reliable evidence motivated this major project in which NGOs and academics from 10 EU Member States, coordinated by Fair Trials International (Fair Trials), researched pre-trial decision-making procedures. The objective of the project is to provide a unique evidence base regarding what, in practice, is causing the use of pre-trial detention.

In this research, the procedures of decision-making were reviewed to understand the motivations and incentives of the stakeholders involved (defence practitioners, judges, prosecutors). It is hoped that these findings will inform the development of future initiatives aiming at reducing the use of pre-trial detention at domestic and EU-level.

The Irish Penal Reform Trust's Country Report on Pre-Trial Detention is available for download here.


EU logoThe Pre-Trial Detention Project was co-funded by the the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Commission.

FTI logoWith coordination by Fair Trials International

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