Law Society urges reform for the future of policing


The Society has recommended an increased community policing role for the Gardaí.

A solicitor perspective on policing

“Solicitors, in their representation of victims of crime as well as in criminal defence, can offer a unique perspective on policing,” said Law Society of Ireland Director General Ken Murphy, commenting on a recent submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. 

The future of policing: 14 recommendations

The Law Society’s submission makes 14 recommendations including:

  • Swift implementation of the evidence-based recommendations in Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Audit of the exercise by An Garda Síochána of the provisions of Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991 which received overwhelming endorsement by Government, all political parties and An Garda Síochána.
  • Consideration of the potential benefits of body-worn cameras and other technology to enhance policing work.
  • Urgent implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). Read more about OPCAT at this link.
  • Simplification of the system of policing governance, and the complaints and discipline processes.
  • Placing the role of the solicitor in attending Garda station interviews on a statutory footing.

To find out more, download the Submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.