Course Description

Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making



Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making is a course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is an Online course . Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making gives a Course Qualification of Diploma, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • Strengthened their case-management and leadership skills;
  • Attained an understanding of the skills needed to preside over various forums, including adjudicatory, tribunal, and board roles;
  • Developed their awareness of the complexities of the decision-making process;
  • Practiced and honed their skills with respect to drafting written judgments; and
  • Increased their knowledge regarding an array of issues that have a daily impact on adjudicatory forums in Ireland, including social diversity, equality, and vulnerable witnesses. 

Programme structure and approach to learning

This diploma will provide participants with case-management leadership skills and practical training on how to run a case in any forum. It will also prepare participants for adjudicatory, tribunal, and board roles, and will explore the skills needed to preside over various forums. 

Practical workshops on arriving at a determination and drafting judgments will be facilitated by means of case studies and role-play sessions. A module on mediation will discuss how the Mediation Act 2017 affects traditional court-based proceedings, with a particular focus on mediation in the commercial context and in family law. The diploma also features a distinct module on awareness and sensitivity training and dealing with vulnerable witnesses and clients.

Modules

The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: The exercise of judicial skills and decision-making

  • Ethical considerations; types of judicial roles/quasi-judicial bodies,
  • The application and recruitment process,
  • Understanding and managing the trial process,
  • Rules of evidence from the decision-maker’s perspective.

Module 2: Mediation, managing proceedings, and administering justice

  • Mediation overview from a judicial perspective,
  • The effect of the Mediation Act 2017,
  • Functions and duties of chairpersons of a board.

Module 3: Written judgments and decision-making skills

  • Drafting written judgments,
  • Proceedings involving litigants-in-person,
  • Assessing credibility; assessing expert evidence.

Module 4: The social context of law

  • Examination of cultural diversity in Ireland,
  • Independence and accountability,
  • Equality legislation and inclusion,
  • Consistency in sentencing,
  • Dealing with vulnerable clients or witnesses.

Workshops

Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice. 

*Selected workshops will form part of the continuous assessment for the course, and students are asked to make sure that they are available to attend on-site on these dates.

Workshop

 Date

 Time

1

 Saturday 17 October 2020

 10:00 – 15:00

2

 Saturday 07 November 2020

 TBC

3

 Wednesday 11 November 2020

 18:00 – 20:30

4

 Saturday 21 November 2020

 10:00 – 15:00

5

 Saturday 28 November 2020

 10:00 – 13:00

6

 Saturday 16 January 2021

 10:00 – 15:30

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for: 

  • Solicitors, barristers, and other relevant professionals who wish to develop the skill-set necessary for adjudicatory, tribunal, and board roles, or the skills necessary to preside over various forums,
  • Directors or other relevant professionals seeking to gain necessary training with regard to overseeing decision-making processes in a corporate environment.

We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300. 

Assessments

Final written assignment (60%) and continuous assessment (40%) based on participation and completion of workshop assignments*.

*Selected workshops will form part of the continuous assessment for the course, and students are asked to make sure that they are available to attend on-site on these dates.

Faculty

Lecturers are drawn from members of the judiciary in Ireland both past and present, leading barristers and solicitors, and members of independent public bodies. Tutors are drawn from experienced trainers in the relevant area, both from this jurisdiction and internationally, and from other legal practitioner experts. 

Past speakers have included:

  • The Honourable Ms. Justice Marie Baker, Supreme Court, Ireland,
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Peart, retired Court of Appeal Judge, Ireland,
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice John A. Edwards, Court of Appeal, Ireland,
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Donald Binchy, High Court, Ireland,
  • Her Honour Judge Petria McDonnell, Circuit Court, Ireland,
  • Tina Bond, deputy district judge on the North East Circuit England and Wales,
  • His Honour Judge Colin Daly, President of the District Court, Ireland,
  • His Honour Judge John O’Connor, Circuit Court, Ireland,
  • Judge Patrick McMahon, retired District Court Judge, Ireland,
  • Geraldine Clarke, Gleeson McGrath Baldwin Solicitors and former President of the Law Society of Ireland,
  • Bob Semple, Consultant,
  • Dr Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD,
  • John Kennedy SC,
  • Stephen O’Hare, CEO, HIV Ireland.

CPD

We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme  and download the CPD booklet. 

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2020. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year. 

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Judicial Skills & Decision-Making
Course Start Date14th October 2020
Course End Date20th January 2021
Course TimeBlended learning: On-site Wednesdays and Saturdays, with lectures webcast online
Course Fee3000
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