FLA COVID-19 Response Steering Group - Submissions on Current & Future Functioning of Family law Courts.

A subcommittee of the FLA has endeavoured to develop a detailed understanding of the current functioning of the Courts across Ireland – particularly in so far as it relates to the practice of Family Law and related areas. The results of that survey, though still incomplete, are published today and will be widely circulated. Aside from the data which we have collated, the survey reveals the tremendous commitment, selflessness and professionalism of everyone involved in the administration of Justice across the country and particularly in the field of Family Law. The survey will be updated and re-published as new data and information emerges.

Following on from that work, the subcommittee set upon the task of developing realistic ideas and practices for the reinstatement of the safe and responsible practice of Family Law for the medium future – we suggest from April 2020 to September 2020.

The suggestions set out in these submissions are premised on full compliance by all parties with the Public Health Guidelines issued by the HSE.

The FLA would invite all interested parties to review the below submissions and the FLA Covid-19 Response Steering Group welcomes any feedback or suggestions.

Please click this link for further information. 

The Family and Child Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland have published guidelines for practitioners to follow during the Covid-19 situation.

Please click here for link to the guidelines.


Welcome to the The Family Lawyers Association.

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On behalf of the Executive Committee and Members of the Family Lawyers’ Association of Ireland, we would like to welcome you to our website and invite you to join the Association. The aim of the Association is to support family law practitioners, to seek to promote the highest standards in the practice of family law and to advocate on behalf of our members in the context of law reform.

The Executive Committee has an exciting series of events planned for the coming year and we look forward to meeting with you and hearing from you in this context. In addition to the usual post-court CPD events, we are pleased to be introducing a Breakfast Briefing series, in conjunction with the Courts Service. The very popular Circuit Conference will continue (organised by the most able Alexis Mina BL) and we are, in addition, planning a Brexit conference in February. It is planned to add a charity event to our calendar also. Social gatherings will continue. We are delighted that Dr. Sarah Fennell will be overseeing law reform initiatives. Details of all of these events and initiatives will be posted on our website.

This is an Association of family lawyers for family lawyers and therefore we are most anxious to hear your views, good and bad, and to endeavour to address same. If you have issues that you wish to have addressed, please email the Hon. Sec., Graham Hanlon, via the contact email form on this website.

We welcome new members, whether as full members or associate members. Our Hon. Treasurer, James Richardson, or any members of the Committee, will be pleased to provide details of such membership. As in all relationships, communication is key so we appreciate hearing your views and suggestions.

With best wishes,

                                                                     Nuala E Jackson SC, Chairperson

                                                                     Alan Finnerty, solicitor, Vice Chairperson

There are many benefits of membership of the Family Lawyers Association.

Ordinary Membership is open to all practising Solicitors and Barristers. Associate Membership is open to former or retired Solicitors and Barristers, Judges and associated professionals at the discretion of the Executive Committee.


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