International legal experts gather in Dublin to debate fairness of civil trials

    Release date: 18/10/2018

    In advance of European Lawyers’ Day (25thOctober 2018), The Bar of Ireland and The Law Society of Ireland hosted a panel discussion entitled, Does The Law Ensure Fair Civil Trials? An International Panel Perspective on Upholding the Rule of Law on Thursday 18thOctober.

    The theme of this year’s European Lawyers day is “Why lawyers matter: Defending the defenders of the Rule of Law”. 

    In line with this theme, legal professionals from across the world came together in Dublin to share international perspectives on fair civil trials. Judges versus juries, the role of government investigations in civil trials, recoverable damages, and time to trial and cost were amongst the topics discussed in a panel discussion moderated by Robert F. Hedrick, an attorney with Aviation Law Group PS in Seattle and Niamh Hodnett, a solicitor with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).

    Miche├íl P O’Higgins SC, Chairman Council of The Bar of Ireland, said: “It is an honour to welcome legal professionals from the UK, Canada, France and the US to exchange ideas and best practise on fair civil trials. While civil trials vary greatly across jurisdictions, it is crucial to ensure there is fairness across the board for those involved in the legal system, whether defendants, plaintiffs, or others.”

    “As legal professionals this is an issue of great importance to us as we consider ourselves to be defenders of the rule of law by acting against unlawful situations and defending citizens’ rights. We are delighted to team with our international peers to mark this occasion.