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Diploma in Judicial Skills & Decision-Making

This diploma will provide participants with case-management leadership skills and practical training on how to run a case in any forum.

This event is brought to you courtesy of Law Society of Ireland Diploma Centre

Event Details

Law Society of Ireland Diploma Centre
12 October 2022 to 25 January 2023
Lectures Wednesdays and occasional Saturdays with interactive workshops. Also available to view on-demand.
Contact Name
Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader
Contact Phone
(01) 672 4802

More Information

This diploma will also prepare participants for adjudicatory, tribunal, and board roles, and will explore the skills needed to preside over various forums.

Practical workshops on arriving at a determination and drafting judgments will be facilitated by means of case studies and role-play sessions. An interactive online module on mediation will take a look at the challenges arising from integrating the mediation process with the legal system, examine key mediation skills and give students an insight into how the Mediation Act 2017 affects traditional court-based proceedings. The diploma also features a distinct module on awareness and sensitivity training and dealing with vulnerable witnesses and clients.


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: The exercise of judicial skills and decision-making

  • Ethical considerations; types of judicial roles/quasi-judicial bodies
  • The application and recruitment process
  • Understanding and managing the trial process
  • Rules of evidence from the decision-maker’s perspective.

Module 2: Mediation, managing proceedings, and administering justice

  • Mediation overview from a judicial perspective
  • The effect of the Mediation Act 2017
  • Functions and duties of chairpersons of a board.

Module 3: Written judgments and decision-making skills

  • Drafting written judgments
  • Proceedings involving litigants-in-person
  • Assessing credibility; assessing expert evidence.

Module 4: The social context of law

  • Examination of cultural diversity in Ireland
  • Independence and accountability
  • Equality legislation and inclusion
  • Consistency in sentencing
  • Dealing with vulnerable clients or witnesses.


Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

* Selected workshops will form part of the continuous assessment for the course.


Avoidance of bias & stereotyping, Saturday 15 October 2022 10:00am – 3:00pm


Mediation, Saturday 05 November 2022 TBC


Roleplay, exercise Wednesday 16 November 2022 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Functions and Duties of a Board, Saturday 26 November 2022 10:00am – 3:00pm


Drafting Written Judgments, Wednesday 30 November 2022 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Personal Leadership, Saturday 14 January 2023 10:00am – 3:30pm

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and other relevant professionals who wish to develop the skill-set necessary for adjudicatory, tribunal, and board roles, or the skills necessary to preside over various forums,
  • Directors or other relevant professionals seeking to gain necessary training with regard to overseeing decision-making processes in a corporate environment.

We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300.


Final written assignment (60%) and continuous assessment (40%) based on participation and completion of workshop assignments.

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