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Restorative justice: when and how to refer
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21 Feb 2024 / justice Print

Restorative justice: when and how to refer

Judges’ association GEMME Ireland is to host a discussion on restorative justice next month.

‘Restorative justice in Ireland: The role of the courts in maximising accessibility' is the title for the seminar, which will be chaired by Mr Justice Paul Kelly.

The in-person and online event will be held at the Gaffney Room, Distillery Buildings, Dublin on Thursday 21 March at 4.30pm.

Refreshments will be available, and the event will also be livestreamed and is open to all attendees.

Those who wish to attend or avail of the livestream must register in advance.

Speakers include:

  • Rachel Lillis (assistant principal probation officer, Probation Service),
  • Dr Ian Marder (assistant professor in criminology and co-deputy director of Centre for Criminology at Maynooth University),
  • Emeline Le Prince (service manager in Dublin Restorative Justice Services).

This analysis of restorative justice (RJ) in action will cover:

  • Overview of Probation Service, restorative justice, and Victim Services Unit,
  • RJ models on offer,
  • Focus on VOM cases,
  • Who and how to refer?

Rachel Lillis is a CORU-registered social worker with over 20 years’ experience in community and custodial settings, and has responsibility for the Restorative Justice and Victim Services Unit.


Dr Ian Marder’s research focuses on the development of restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal-justice processes in Ireland and across Europe.

Emeline Le Prince works restoratively with people affected by crime on programmes that focus on meeting the needs of victims while challenging the behaviour of those who offend.

CPD point are available for attendance (1.5).

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