Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT establishes Solicitor Panel

11th October 2021

IPRT has established a new ‘Solicitor Panel’, which aims to bring together solicitors working in the areas relating to prison litigation and criminal defence approximately 4 times a year. These meetings offer IPRT an opportunity to hear directly from solicitors who are regularly engaging with the courts and prisons, with a view to hearing about what is happening. IPRT hopes this information can keep us abreast of what is going on ‘on the ground’ and feed into our broader advocacy and policy reform work.

The first meeting of the Panel took place on 23rd September 2021. Issues raised during the meeting include: the operation of prison visits; the realities of how courts deal with bail applications; issues around how the quarantine rules are being applied; and the concerns raised by sentence recalculation.

Members of the Panel include: Matthew Kenny (O'Sullivan Kenny Solicitors), Yvonne Bambury (Fahy Bambury Solicitors), Frank Buttimer (Frank Buttimer & Co Solicitors), Darach McCarthy (Darach McCarthy & Co Solicitors), Rory O'Brien (McIntyre O'Brien Solicitors), Aoife McNicholl (Sheehan & Partners) and Ruth Walsh (KOD Lyons). Members are based across the country, which offers insights into any local differences in practice.

If you are a solicitor working in a practice area relating to IPRT’s objectives and would like to feed into our work, please contact mjoyce@iprt.ie to express an interest in joining the Panel.

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