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.

 

 

Intelligence-led policing is the way to tackle gangland crime says the ICCL

  • News Item
  • April 17, 2009
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has given a cautious welcome to the Criminal Justice (Surveillance) Bill 2009 published by the Minister for Justice this morning (17 April 2009) and stressed that intelligence-led policing, and not the res...

ICCL Calls for “Better Deal” for Crime Victims

  • News Item
  • June 19, 2008
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has responded to a new initiative by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern TD by calling for a far better deal for victims of crime.Speaking shortly after the Minister’s press conference today, ICCL Director Mar...

ICCL publishes twin reports on the rights of Victims and Defendants in the Criminal Justice System

  • News Item
  • June 12, 2008
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is pleased to announce the publication of two complimentary reports on the rights of victims and defendants in the Irish criminal justice system; Taking Liberties and A Better Deal: the Human Rights of Vic...

A Better Deal: The Human Rights of Victims in the Criminal Justice System (June 2008)

  • Publication
  • June 6, 2008

A Better Deal: The Human Rights of Victims in the Criminal Justice System (June 2008)

Taking Liberties: The Main Issues June 2008

  • Publication
  • June 6, 2008

Taking Liberties outlines the human rights implications of last year’s report by the Balance in the Criminal Law Review Group (the Hogan Group).  This report proposed a series of measures that would diminish the rights of accused people, without improving life for victims of crime.  Already, several changes eroding the right to silence have been introduced on the basis of that Group’s proposals.  Taking Liberties highlights the potential impact upon our human rights of the measures concerned, and cautions against their adoption.

ICCL Charter on the Rights of Victims of Crime (June 2008)

  • Publication
  • June 5, 2008

ICCL Charter on the Rights of Victims of Crime (June 2008)

Justice Matters: Independence, Accountability and the Irish Judiciary [Parts 1 and 2] (July 2007)

  • Publication
  • July 6, 2007

Justice Matters: Independence, Accountability and the Irish Judiciary [Parts 1 and 2]  (July 2007)

Submission on Garda Diversity Strategy July 2007

  • Publication
  • July 6, 2007

Submission on Garda Diversity Strategy July 2007

What's Wrong with the Criminal Justice Bill? (April 2007)

  • Publication
  • April 6, 2007

What's Wrong with the Criminal Justice Bill?  (April 2007)

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