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Seminar on courts and court reporting, Dublin


Saturday 17 November 2018

9:30: registration and welcome

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Criminal Courts of Justice Parkgate Street, Dublin 7




Registration and welcome by Gerry Curran, media relations advisor, The Courts Service.  Introduction to issues Seamus Dooley, assistant general secretary of the NUJ.


Privilege and court reporting/contempt/ social media issues. Consultation on Change. Speaker: Ray Byrne Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission.


Social media and the courts – need for direction. The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke.


Social media and journalists: keeping safe & sane, in court and out. Sian Jones, president of the National Union of Journalists.

Lunch Break – many local venues on corner. Nancy Hands are expecting a group.


Accessing Court Documents. Introduction by Gerry Curran, the Courts Service.

The Life of a High Court case – accessing what documents and when.  Kevin O’Neil, chief registrar of the High Court Central Office.

Reporting local courts in action – what can be accessed in circuit and district cases – and what cannot. Peter Mullan, director of circuit and district operations of the Courts Service.          


The practicalities of court reporting: Orla O’Donnell, RTE legal affairs correspondent, on the do's and don’t’s, highs and lows and challenges of court reporting. Also for discussion – accessing national news for local reporters/ outlets/ titles / turning local stories into national reads.

Non-NUJ journalists and student journalists are also  invited to attend this event – officials will be on hand to take queries about all issues throughout the day.



Further details and contact information

Gerry Curran

Tags: , court reporting, courts, contempt, privilege, social media, the courts service, dublin