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The FLA would like to share the following guide for online mediation.
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.
FLA issues Guidance for members & practitioners - COVID-19
After a period of consultation a sub-committee of the Family Lawyers Association has drafted a short set of protocols which it is hoped will aid mutual professional cooperation, guarantee continuity of work, protect and further the interests of our clients and above all minimise unnecessary exposure to illness.
These protocols are not intended to be prescriptive but are offered to satisfy a demand among the membership for clarity as to how we can proceed in the foreseeable future.
It behoves us all to try and be as collegiate as possible consistent with the interests of our clients and to co-operate with each other in these extraordinary times as much as possible with a view to finding agreements where possible.
The successful implementation of the protocols will require a degree of flexibility from all stakeholders and we urge all members to use their good common sense and discretion in this regard.
We are extremely gratified by the spirit of mutual cooperation shown by the membership in the past week or so.
Please click here for a link to the guidance.
The Family Lawyers Association of Ireland
THE ANNUAL FLA CIRCUIT CONFERENCE 2020 – South Eastern Circuit
A conference at Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny
Monday, 27th April 2020
Registration and coffee 9.30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Conference commences at 10 a.m. and will conclude at circa. 4 p.m.
€190 (includes lunch and membership of the FLA)
€80 (members of the FLA) €50 (practitioners of less than 5 years standing/law students)
Contact: by email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to: James Richardson BL, Hon. Treasurer, Family Lawyers’ Association, Law Library, Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7.
CPD points: circa 6
Please click here for more details & provisional agenda
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE ISSUES THAT HAVE ARISEN DUE TO COVID-19 AND THE ADVISE OF THE RELEVANT AGENCIES THE FLA HAS DECIDED TO POSTPONE THE CPD DUE TO TAKE PLACE ON THE 26TH MARCH 2020
The Family Lawyers' Association of Ireland is delighted to inform its members of the conclusion of a new agreement with Stare Decisis.
From January 2020 (and, indeed, backdated to 2018) the members' section of the FLA website will republish a substantial number of reports prepared by Decisis on family law and related issues.
Furthermore, Decisis have agreed to provide a reduced price for barrister members of the FLA of €195 plus VAT per year (reduced from €250 plus VAT per year, which is the normal price for individual subscriptions). Reductions at a similar rate will also be given to solicitor members of the Association who take out new subscriptions, on application to Decisis.
The FLA strongly encourages its members to avail of this offer.
Please click here for more details.
The Family Lawyers Assoication supports the recent launch of the Courting Disaster Campaign in Dublin.
The Assoication is one of eleven organisations that supports the campaign which calls on the government to immediately allocate the funding required to develop a dedicated Family Law Court at Hammond Lane in Smithfield in Dublin.
Please click the below links for press articles about the launch of the campaign as well as information on the campaign itself.
Members are also encouraged to look out for the #courtingdisaster hash tag.
The Family Lawyers Assoication of Ireland would like to draw its members attention to SI 585 of 2019 - The Family Law Act 2019 (Commenement) Order 2019 which brings Parts 1 and 2 of the Family Law Act 2019 into operation as of the 1st December 2019.
Please click here for a link to the Statutory Instrument.
The Family Lawyers Association is delighted to announce the launch of its Twitter page.
We invite all our members to follow us by our twitter handle @lawyers_Ireland and to keep up to date with all the latest Association news and events.
You can also find a link here to our twitter page.