Justice

Promoting Justice

 

Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

Criminal Justice

The ICCL believes that a fair and just criminal justice system should protect the human rights of defendants and victims alike.  The ICCL monitors government policy on an ongoing basis to ensure that fair trial rights are upheld. Our most recent work in this area was the publication of Taking Liberties (June 2008); a report critiquing the notion of ‘Balance’ within the criminal justice system. The ICCL also seeks to secure effective recognition of and protection for the human rights of crime victims and has highlighted these rights in its Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime.

 

Garda Reform

The ICCL has long campaigned for an independent police complaints mechanism and to ensure that individuals are not subject to arbitrary and unjust use of police powers. Following the disbandment of the Garda Complaints Board and the establishment of the independent Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), the ICCL continues to call for adequate support and funding to ensure the GSOC can fulfil its remit to operate independently.  The ICCL has also been involved in delivering human rights training to members of the Gardaí and it currently offers strategic human rights advice to the Garda Commissioner through membership of an expert panel.  

 

Judiciary

The judiciary plays a central role in the legal system in upholding human rights standards. Through its policy, research (Justice Matters Part 1 & Part 2) and campaign work the ICCL is seeking improvements in judicial studies to ensure that judges are more aware of their human rights obligations and of diversity issues, together with a system of judicial accountability for members of the public.

 

 

Know Your Rights: Criminal Justice and Garda Powers

  • Publication
  • January 25, 2010

The ICCL Know Your Rights Criminal Justice & Garda Powers Pack

The Know Your Rights: Criminal Justice & Garda Powers pack is the first of a series of booklets designed to inform people about their rights, which the ICCL is rolling out as part of its Know Your Rights public information project. 

The booklet is designed to inform the general public, in clear and accessible language, of their rights in the areas of Garda search powers, arrest, interview, detention, provision of bodily samples and public order.

Preliminary Submission to the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights on Home Defence and the Right to Life October 2009

  • Publication
  • October 31, 2009

Over the past three years, measures have been proposed on four occasions which, if enacted, would change the law around  the use of force by householders. This submission sets out the current state of the laws in Ireland  and considers its adequacy in relation to relevant legal standards on the lawful use of force, including the requirements the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Rights Watchdog Reacts to Council of State Meeting

  • News Item
  • July 17, 2009
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has indicated that it deeply regrets that the Minister for Justice has rendered it necessary for the President to convene a Council of State meeting to discuss the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009.&#...

Right to Life of Victims Ignored in Bogus Gangland Bill, says the ICCL

  • News Item
  • July 7, 2009
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has slammed Dermot Ahern’s controversial gangland bill as “bogus” because it completely neglects the rights of witnesses and victims of violent crime. The Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009 ...

Combating Organised Crime and Respecting the Rule of Law: Human Rights Based Alternatives to the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009, July 2009

  • Publication
  • July 3, 2009

Combating Organised Crime and Respecting the Rule of Law: Human Rights Based Alternatives to the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009, July 2009.

Minister’s Crime Bill Antics Abuse the Dáil says the ICCL

  • News Item
  • July 3, 2009
Ireland’s leading human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has accused the Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern TD of “abusing the Dáil” by attempting to force the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009 through First, ...

Ahern’s New Bill Tramples on the Rule of Law says ICCL

  • News Item
  • June 30, 2009
Ireland’s leading rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said that the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009 published by the Minister for Justice today (30 June 2009) “tramples on the rule of law”. Speaking sho...

Ahern’s Crime Bill Sells Victims Short, says ICCL

  • News Item
  • May 25, 2009
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said that the Criminal Procedure Bill published today (Monday 25 April 2009) by Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Mr Dermot Ahern TD, sells victims short. Speaking shortly after the pu...

Government Must Not Surrender Fair Trial Rights to Criminal Gangs says the ICCL

  • News Item
  • May 13, 2009
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has warned that any expansion in the role of the Special Criminal Court is likely to present insurmountable legal difficulties.  The rights watchdog was reacting to this afternoon’s announcement by...

Legislators Can Protect Children and Respect the Rule of Law says the ICCL

  • News Item
  • May 7, 2009
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has welcomed the Second Interim Report of the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children, which was published this morning (7 May 2009). The rights watchdog said that the Committee’s repor...
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