Justice Conference 2019

Transforming the criminal justice system

Thursday 14th November 2019 • The Alex, Dublin



The Department of Justice and Equality has been undergoing extensive organisational change in recent years, most notably in response to the recommendations of the independent Effectiveness and Renewal Group (ERG) which was established by Government in January 2018. This was to identify the changes needed to enable the Department to meet the changed demands of the environment in which it now operates.

As 2019 started, the Department began work on a significant programme of transformation in response to the recommendation of the first ERG report, which was published in June 2018. The aim is to create a Department that is agile, evidence based and open, while remaining loyal to traditional civil service values of integrity, impartiality and professionalism. In order to meet this challenge, the Department is putting in place new structures, work processes and skills. We will have an update from the Department on the transformation programme and the work currently underway.

Another key issue facing the sector going forward is the future of policing in Ireland with the Commission for the Future of Policing having issued its report in September 2018. This report outlined a clear vision and roadmap for strengthening An Garda Síochána and the broader national framework for policing, security and community safety. A year on, and Commissioner Drew Harris has announced plans for high level reform of the organisation.



The Alex
Merrion Square
Dublin, Ireland



Justice Conference
Thursday 14th November 2019


As well as looking broadly at high-level organisational and culture change, the conference will also look at areas such as community safety; mental health among prisoners; the issue of coercive control; achieving the human rights balance and restorative justice.

The conference will bring together the key players across the sector locally to focus on the main issues surrounding justice policy and delivery and look to how we can collaborate to achieve the vision of a safe, fair and inclusive Ireland. It provides a unique opportunity for all those operating within the sector, and those interacting with it, to come together for networking and discussion.

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Key issues examined include:

Reforming the justice system
Informed collaboration across the sector for better results
Achieving a human rights balance in the transformation of policing
The challenge of creating safer communities
The future of policing in Ireland
The evolution of prison mental health services
Coercive control: Ensuring we can protect victims
Tackling cybercrime
Using technology to transform criminal justice services
Creating diverse and inclusive organisations
The effectiveness of restorative justice

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Speakers confirmed so far…

Conference Programme


Registration & morning coffee


Shane Mohan, Public Sector Lead Partner

Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Charlie Flanagan, TD
Minister for Justice and Equality (invited)

Priorities for reshaping the justice system

Vivian Geiran, Director
The Probation Service

Informed collaboration across the sector for better results

Presented by

Strategies for transforming organisations

Ann Fehilly, Group Manager
Community Safety, Glasgow City Council

The Glasgow model: Creating safer communities

Professor Donncha O'Connell
NUI Galway

Achieving a human rights balance in the transformation of policing

Questions & answers / Panel discussion


Morning coffee / networking break


Martina Colville, Assistant Secretary
Department of Justice and Equality

Integrating structure, leadership and culture to transform the Department of Justice

Dr John Topping
Queen’s University Belfast and Chairperson
Community Restorative Justice Ireland

Experience on the effectiveness of restorative justice in Northern Ireland

Caron McCaffrey, Director General
Irish Prison Service

The evolution of prison mental health services

Sarah Benson, Executive Director
Women’s Aid

Coercive control: Ensuring we can protect victims

Yvonne Cook, Head of Human Resources
Police Service of Northern Ireland

Creating a more diverse and inclusive organisation

Questions & answers / Panel discussion


Chairman’s summary followed by networking lunch

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

There are a limited number of opportunities for interested organisations to become involved with the conference as sponsors or exhibitors. This is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision-makers from across Ireland’s justice sector. For more information on packages available and speaking opportunities at the event call Lynda Millar on 01 661 3755.

Justice Conference 2019


Delegate fee

+VAT @ 23% = €276.75

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