The seminar will begin with a pre-recorded video consisting of:
The seminar will then proceed to a live, interactive remote session where participants will undertake anonymous polls and exercises, in a mix of plenary session and break-out rooms, aimed at drawing out questions of principle, practice and procedure and ethics that virtual hearings raise. The polls and exercises will build on the topics covered in the video. The objective of the break-out rooms is to encourage free debate and an exchange of ideas between professionals in private. Each break-out group will have an opportunity to report back their conclusions at plenary session.
The interactive CPD will be supported by a paper on Access to Justice in a time of Pandemic: Justice, Professional Ethics and Privacy, Tighe, Ú., and Sheehy Skeffington, T., addressing the Civil and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2020 and access to justice generally and for the vulnerable, unrepresented and digitally excluded. The constitutional imperative that justice be administered in public for justice, the requirement for procedural guarantees of fairness and effectiveness and the possibility that the mode of hearing may impact both participation in and the outcome of the hearing are also addressed. The paper also draws on empirical studies and experience of other jurisdictions. To participate fully and effectively in the seminar, participants should read the paper, which will be circulated to registered participants in the days leading up to the seminar.
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