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Volume on lawyer’s defence role at garda stations

27 Jan 2023 / policing Print

Volume on lawyer’s defence role at garda stations

‘Criminal Defence Representation at Garda Stations’ will be published by Bloomsbury Professional next month.

Written by the late legal academic Dr Vicky Conway and Professor Yvonne Daly, the volume draws on qualitative research, and both national and European law.

The book explores the role of the lawyer in the garda station, from first contact through client consultation and the garda interview.

It contextualises the law, provides practical guidance on criminal defence at the garda station, and gives significant insight into the views of lawyers on their role at this crucial point of the criminal process, and their experiences at garda stations.


The skills necessary to defend suspects in garda stations differ greatly from courtroom work, with an emphasis on enhanced communication skills.

Thorny issues, such as disclosure and the right to silence, are considered in detail, and the practical dimensions of engaging in criminal-defence work are also highlighted.

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