Law Society conference puts spotlight on needs of children in justice system

Putting the needs of children at the centre of the Justice system was one of the key themes discussed at a conference organised and hosted by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Over 110 solicitors attended the Children Order Conference which took place at the Crowne Hotel, Belfast.

The conference has become an annual event in the legal calendar and it continues to provide an opportunity for legal practitioners who specialise in family and criminal law to come together to discuss issues and developments in relation to children and the justice system.

Those attending had an opportunity to hear from key note addresses including:

  • Lord Justice Gillen, who provided attendees with an update in respect of the family law aspects of his Civil Justice Review;
  • Mr Justice O’Hara, who spoke on current issues within the family courts in Northern Ireland;
  • Judge Nicholas Crichton (retired), who spoke on the benefits of Family Drug and Alcohol Courts;
  • And Mike Shaw, who spoke on the role of a psychiatrist in Children Order cases.

attendees also heard from John Sheldon, Patricia Devine, Karen Woodall, Clare Burke, Suzanne Rice, and Laura Lee Jenkins.

Fiona Donnelly, chair of the Children Order Panel, said: “It is important that we provide a platform in which to share knowledge, best practice and to hear from the experts in the field of Children’s law.

“I am delighted that yet again the Children Order Conference has been a resounding success and I wish to thank our key note speakers and attendees.”