Webinar: Judicial Discretion and the Justice and Welfare Dichotomy

23 May 2022, 5:15pm - 6:45pm

You are cordially invited to attend a webinar hosted by Dublin Rape Crisis Centre & the Children’s Rights Alliance on

Judicial Discretion and the Justice and Welfare Dichotomy: The Sentencing of Child & Adolescent Sexual Offences in the Irish Youth Justice System

given by

His Hon Dr John O’Connor, Judge of the Circuit Court

on Monday 23 May from 5:15pm to 6:45pm

via Zoom

Judge John O’Connor recently completed his doctorate on the sentencing of underage sexual offenders. In his address, Judge O’Connor will examine how juvenile offenders charged with sexual offences are treated in the Irish criminal justice system. Specifically, he will observe current judicial practice, from the perspective of judges, and also through the lens of young people’s probation officers, Garda Diversion Programme and child victims. In observing international best practice, a number of key recommendations will be suggested including the rehabilitation of these young people.

A panel chaired by Mary Carolan, Legal Affairs Correspondent with The Irish Times, will respond to Judge O’Connor’s address and includes:

  • Noeline Blackwell, CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
  • Julie Ahern, Head of Legal, Policy & Services, Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Saoirse Brady, Executive Director, Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • Brendan Sheehy, Youth Justice Strategy, Department of Justice.

Following the panel intervention there will be an opportunity for Questions & Answers from attendees.

Interpretation in Irish Sign Language will be provided.

You can register for this free event online at https://bit.ly/CRAdrcc22

- Please register by 1pm, Monday 23 May 2022 -


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