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Advanced Diploma in Quasi–Judicial Decision–Making

Advanced Diploma in Quasi–Judicial Decision–Making is a course run by King's Inns, Dublin. It is an Online course with a duration of 6 weekends over 6 months. Advanced Diploma in Quasi–Judicial Decision–Making gives a Course Qualification of Postgraduate Diploma, awarded by The Honorable Society of King's Inns. For more information about Advanced Diploma in Quasi–Judicial Decision–Making at King's Inns, please review the details below.


The range of entities making independent decisions over a multiplicity of complaints, disputes and entitlements is ever–increasing. Tribunals, adjudicators, disciplinary panels, ombudsmen, and a gamut of appeals bodies are keystones of both public and, to a growing extent, private administration in Ireland. These quasi–judicial decision–makers walk an often tricky line between procedures adapted to their area of dispute resolution, the need for efficiency and speed, and the dominant requirement of due process.

As well as the law of due process, these decision–makers require a mastery of judge craft. This course teaches both.


This course aims to equip participants with the practical skills required to discharge the quasi–judicial decision–making processes. In particular, participants will:

  1. Develop strategies to ensure fair hearings in a range of malleable and often unpredictable contexts;
  2. Develop principled approaches to ensure that all parties are properly heard through the eliciting, parsing, probing and evaluating of relevant evidence;
  3. Hone skills to bolster the decision–maker’s actual and perceived independence and to instil confidence in the process over which they preside;
  4. Develop a thorough understanding of the extent and limits of their role and powers;
  5. Develop strategies to manage the dynamics of a hearing, including where vulnerable witnesses or an imbalance of legal representation arises;
  6. Acquire the ability to judge when adjournments (and other procedural requests) should and should not be granted;
  7. Hone analytical and writing skills to ensure robust, adequately reasoned decisions;
  8. Critically evaluate and implement due process requirements in diverse and dynamic hearing contexts, allowing participants to implement ongoing organisational and personal improvements in practice.

Application Deadline: Midnight (Irish time) on Friday, September 29, 2023

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Training ProviderKing's Inns
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course TypeOnline Learning
Course QualificationPostgraduate Diploma
Awarding BodyThe Honorable Society of King's Inns
Awarding Body DetailsAdvanced Diploma in Quasi–Judicial Decision–Making
Course Start Date13th October 2023
Course End Date30th March 2024
Course Duration6 weekends over 6 months
Course TimeThis course takes place in a primarily online format, live via Zoom. Recordings of most lectures will be available after class is over but seminars and workshops will be once–off and are not recorded. A small number of these interactive sessions may take place at King’s Inns (dates to be notified). The course takes place over six weekends from October to March, with live tutorials and lectures on Friday evenings (5.45 pm to 9 pm) and on Saturdays (9 am to approx. 5 pm). Lectures from high calibre experts in judicial and quasi–judicial decision–making will be complemented by tutorials which will enable participants’ close focus and honing of skills most relevant to their own decision–making context. A panel event on managing challenging or vulnerable witnesses will be held also.
Course Fee4,750.00
Entry RequirementsPlaces on this course are limited, and it is often oversubscribed. King's Inns have a selection criterion in place, and you are required to submit certain documentation to support your application.
Carear PathThis course is suitable for people responsible for making quasi–judicial decisions, who are involved in the administrative structures around such decisions, or who are seeking training to enhance their applications for quasi–judicial or judicial roles in the future. The course is also suitable for lawyers and people working in a regulatory context with familiarity with a rules–based approach to rights and entitlements. Having a diverse group of professionals studying this course together allows participants to learn from each other, especially during tutorials and Q&A sessions.
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