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09 October 2014

Vulnerable Witness Conference

The Institute of Professional Legal Studies are inviting members to attend a unique conference taking place on 12 November 2014.

Facilitators and panel members are from:
PPS, NSPCC, PSNI, Judiciary, Solicitors, Barristers, Registered Intermediaries, National Autistic Society Northern Ireland, Mindwise, DOJ, TILII.

  • The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan

Sir Declan Morgan is President of the Courts of Northern Ireland and is Head of the Judiciary of Northern Ireland.

  • His Honour Judge James Patrick

James Patrick was called to Bar of England and Wales in 1989. After his pupillage in chambers in Bristol, he practised in civil, family and crime, before specialising in criminal law for his last 10 years. He was appointed a circuit judge at Wood Green, North London in 2010. He is a tutor with the judicial college on the Serious Sexual Offences Course, and also has an interest in IT and its use in court.

  • Joyce Plotnikoff

Joyce Plotnikoff is a member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court. In 2013 she received an award 'in recognition of her national and international contributions to improving the administration of justice'. She is on the panel of experts to the Judicial College and is author of several Bench publications. She is an originators of the Advocate's Gateway 'responding to communication needs in the justice system'.

  • Siobhan Keegan QC

Siobhan Keegan is an experienced practitioner in all areas of fami-ly law. She is a former Chair of the Family Bar Association and is currently Vice Chair of the Bar of Northern Ireland.

  • Fiona Donnelly

Fiona Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and former Associate Director thereof. She teaches advocacy internationally and is on the faculty of the University of Strathclyde Masters in Advocacy. She chairs the Law Society of Northern Ireland's Children Order Panel Accreditation Board and Advocacy Working Party.


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