2nd October, 2015

ACJRD 18th Annual Conference

The European Directive 201/29/EU on Victims’ Rights “ …establishes minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime [and] ensures that persons who have fallen victim of crime are recognised treated with respect and receive proper protection, support and access to justice. The Directive replaces the 2001 Framework Decision on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings and considerably strengthens the rights of victims and their family members to information, support and protection and victims’ procedural rights in criminal proceedings. The Directive also requires that the Member States ensure appropriate training on victims’ needs for officials who are likely to come into contact with victims and encourage cooperation between Member States and coordination of national services of their actions on victims’ rights.

The EU Member States must implement the provisions of the Directive into their national laws by 16 November 2015.2 http://ec.europa.eu/justice/criminal/victims/index_en.htm

In recognition of the major implications of the implementation of this Directive for all organs of our Criminal Justice System, ACJRD’s one day 2015 Annual Conference on Friday 2nd October 2015 will provide a forum for the dissemination of information and discussion with international and national experts through a number of plenary and workshop sessions.

Opportunities will be provided throughout the day for delegates to share information, exchange views and network with colleagues who engage in similar or complementary areas of expertise.

This conference will appeal to policy makers, those working in government agencies, professionals, practitioners, academics and those involved in community and civil society groups from a wide range of disciplines within the Criminal Justice System. Non-members of ACJRD Ltd. are welcome to attend the Annual Conference.

The Conference venue will be The Spencer Hotel, Dublin 1.

Conference speakers will include:

· Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.

· Katrien Lauwaert, Senior Researcher at the European Forum for Restorative Justice and Leuven Institute of Criminology, Belgium

· Claire Loftus, Director of Prosecutions

· Maria McDonald, BL

· Inspector Lorraine Stack, Garda Victim Liaison Office, Garda Community Relations Bureau

Conference workshop presenters will include:

· Dr Marsha Scott, Scottish Women’s Aid

· Dr Eimear Spain, School of Law, University of Limerick

· Cheryl Lamont, (Acting) Director, Probation Board for Northern Ireland

· Stephen Doyle, Founder & Director, Care After Prison

· Dr Gillian Harold, Postdoctoral Researcher, UCC

· Tom O’Malley, Senior Lecture, School of Law, NUI Galway

· Tara Brown, Volunteer Manager, Ruhama

· Naomi Feely, Senior Policy Officer, Age Action Ireland

Conference fees: €120 per person with a discounted rate of €99 offered to ACJRD members. A student rate of €45 will also be available.

Further programme information and booking details will be available shortly on www.acjrd.ie.