Wednesday March 4th

Thursday March 5th 

Wednesday March 11th

Thursday March 12th

This legal training is designed to provide Planning Officers with a clear insight into the legal framework in which they work. Delegates will examine the relevant legislation, looking specifically at offences, their powers and enforcement options.

They will learn by exploring real life planning problems and sharing ideas/solutions with fellow planning professionals from local authorities throughout the country. They will learn from qualified lawyers how to apply best practice standards in their procedures to ensure consistent approach is applied across the board, at all stages of the investigation and prosecution.

Planning officers will:

  • gain a clear understanding of their powers
  • get practical guidance on how to draft notes, statements, reports and issue enforcement standards

All in accordance with best practice standards.

Planning officers will also:

  • gain skills in collecting evidence
  • gain a thorough understanding of the rules of evidence ensuring the evidence they collect is admissible
  • learn through interaction with colleagues
  • learn best practice from qualified lawyers

As part of the final module delegates will learn how to:

  • give clear confident testimony in court
  • deliver the evidence in the best way possible
  • defend the evidence presented under difficult cross examination
"I consider this course essential training for planning enforcement practitioners and would recommend this course to any planner undertaking planning enforcement work in Ireland today." - Kevin O'Connor, Acting Senior Planner, Cork City Council

"Excellent course, trainer had great knowledge of planning enforcement. Course was very relevant to my area of work." - Planner, Wicklow County Council

On completion of this module all planning officers will understand:

  • Powers of Authorised Officers
  • Methods of Enforcement under the Act
  • Enforcement Notices
  • Section 46 Notices
  • Section 59 Notices
  • Section 60 Notices
  • Section 88 Notices
  • Criminal Prosecutions:
  • Summary and Indictable Offences and Penalties
  • Reverse Onus Clause
  • Offences by Companies
  • Injunctions
  • Section 160 Injunctions
  • Costs/Polluter pays principal
  • What factors the Court may take into account
  • Judicial Review Proceedings:
  • What can be judicially reviewed
  • What time limits apply
  • When will the Court grant leave
  • Case Law re substantial ground/interest

On completion of this module Planning Officers will:

  • Understand the need for consistency of approach in enforcement procedure
  • Recognise different types of evidence, including, oral, documentary, hearsay, circumstantial and real evidence, which includes use of notebooks, photographs, and maps as evidence
  • Distinguish between facts, inferences and opinions
  • Follow best practice in evidence gathering procedure
  • Consider the rules of evidence and admissibility of evidence
  • Have an understanding of our legal system, court system and criminal prosecution procedure both summary and indictable.
  • Follow guidelines in relation to the procedure required in case preparation

On completion of this module, delegates will be able to:

  • Create, maintain and enhance best practice standards in note taking and maintenance of officers’ notebooks
  • Create, maintain and enhance best practice standards in statement writing including cautioning in accordance with the Judges Rules
  • Consider and follow best practice in both investigation and prosecution report writing, to include analysis of model report formats

On completion of this module delegates will be able to:

  • Understand summary and indictable trial procedure
  • Consider the process of giving evidence and how best to prepare
  • Appreciate the differences between examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination
  • Consider the techniques used by lawyers in cross-examination
  • Analyse how to handle cross-examination, in particular getting across the whole truth
  • Experience cross-examination in the witness box, and receive feedback based on assessment criteria, covering content, structure and presentation
Available dates [1]
Wed 4 Mar 2020 - 9:30AM
Thu 12 Mar 2020 - 5:00PM
The Ashling Hotel Dublin 8 €1590

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