About Us

About Us

The ICJDN established late 2016 exists as a national platform whereby disability organisations/advocates and criminal justice agencies can be facilitated to improve the experience of those with an intellectual, learning or physical disability who engage with the Criminal Justice System.

Our Objectives

  • The provision of disability awareness training and education to key agencies in the Criminal Justice System
  • Informing Policy & Guidelines
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Collaboration & Research
  • To be a Forum for the Exchange of Views and Experiences through Regular Seminars and Conferences
  • Examining Best Practice in other Jurisdictions
  • Provision of Information and Training to Disability Advocates on the Criminal Justice Process

Membership

  • Member of An Garda Síochána’s Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Forum
  • Member of the ACJRD

Work to Date

  • Invitation to Address Officials in the Department of Justice in relation to the Garda Síochána (Powers) Bill (2021)
  • Presented at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution’s “Annual State Solicitors Seminar” (2021)
  • Presented at the ACJRD’s 7th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies (ICJA) Conference “Protecting the Rights of Vulnerable Suspects and Offenders: Defining, Identifying and Responding to Vulnerabilities (2021)
  • Participated in Policing Authority Research Consultation “Engaging with the Community- Increase public awareness and understanding of the criminal justice system”. 
  • Appointed a member of the Garda National Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Forum
  • Participant at the Department of Justice Criminal Justice Strategy Consultation in the Law Society of Ireland
  • Participant at the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Round Table Discussion, NUI Maynooth (2020)
  • Presentation and Meeting with the National Disability Authority (2020)
  • Presented at the Neurodiversity & Criminal Justice Conference organised by NUI Maynooth & UCD, ADHD Ireland and hosted by the ACJRD in the Law Society of Ireland (2019)
  • Designed and Delivered a Pilot Training Disability Awareness Programme for An Garda Síochána (2019)
  • Delivered Training Presentation at the Garda Diversity and Inclusion Conference (2019)
  • Invited to present to the Garda Inspectorate on the Treatment of Persons in Custody (2019)
  • Design and Delivery of Online Disability Awareness Training Materials for An Garda Síochána (2019)
  • Invited to present to the Garda Inspectorate on the Treatment of Counter Corruption Practices (2019)
  • Publication of ICJDN Report (Towards Better Pathways and a Mutual Understanding- Access to Justice for People with Disabilities
  • Presentation to the Smyth Advisory Committee, Department of Justice (2018)
  • Conducted Roundtable discussion (Towards Better Pathways and a Mutual Understanding – Access to Justice for People with Disabilities (2018)
  • Delivered a seminar “Towards Compliance with the UNCRPD the Role of Criminal Justice Professionals” with the University of Limerick and the Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies (2018)
  • Delivered a seminar “Towards Compliance with the UNCRPD the Role of Criminal Justice Professionals” with the Bar of Ireland, University of Limerick and the Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies (2018) 
  • Participated in an NDA Roundtable Discussion on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Criminal Justice
  • Prepared and delivered a module for the Victims Directive MOOC for Legal Professionals designed by the Bar of Ireland, The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Law Society of Ireland (2017) 
  • Contributed to the SUPRALAT Law Society of Ireland/DCU Training Programme for defence solicitors with a focus on their role in advising suspects detained in Garda custody (2016)
  • Co-hosted a seminar with the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development  “Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System : Recent Research and Case Work Experience (2015)
  • ICJDN Established 2015

ICJDN Supporters

We would like to express our gratitude to the following organisations for their support and input into the work of the ICJDN.

Disability Federation of Ireland
Inclusion Ireland
National Advocacy Service

22Q11
ASIAM
Blind Legal Alliance
Down Syndrome Ireland
Dyslexia Ireland
Lámh Training
Mental Health Reform
National Platform of Self Advocates
Prosper Group
St Michael’s House

An Garda Síochána
Association for Criminal Justice Research & Development (ACJRD)
Bar of Ireland
Courts Service
Department of Justice
Dublin City University
Garda Inspectorate
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Probation Service
University of Limerick

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