AuthorShane Kilcommins
Position(Acting General Editor) School of Law, UL
[2019] Irish Judicial Studies Journal Vol 3
I have great pleasure in introducing this issue of the Irish Judicial Studies Journal, the third to be
handled by the School of Law at the University of Limerick. We have a very broad range of
articles in this issue, on topics as diverse as the centrality of truth in the pursuit of justice,
children in the Irish criminal justice system, judicial discretion in sentencing, judicial reasoning in
sentencing, the appointment of academics to the Irish judiciary, the techniques and statutory
phrases which regulate court proceedings in family law and child law, the changing role of the
solicitor in the Garda station, and unfair contract terms in managing possession cases. The
authors come from both communities of legal scholarship and practice, including judges,
barristers, solicitors, researchers, Ph.D. scholars and academics. This contributes richly to the
insights offered. There is also a book review section. We hope that readers find it an informative
and interesting read.
All submissions to the journal should relate to a topic of law or legal practice that is of interest or
specifically related to the work of the Irish judiciary. Articles published in the Journal reflect the
views of the authors and not of the judiciary. Contributors are advised that publication in the IJS
Journal includes publication on the IJS Journal website. Those interested in submitting articles
for publication should contact the editor at IJSJeditor@courts.ie.
I would like to record my gratitude to a number of people. To begin with, my colleague
Professor Raymond Friel should be acknowledged for the work which he did in inspiring a re-
launch of this Journal, and for editing the first two volumes. Mr Justice Peter Charleton has been
very encouraging of the initiative to re-launch/continue the Journal with the School of Law at
UL providing editorial support. I am also very grateful to the general editor, Dr Laura Cahillane,
and the editorial team of Dr Lydia Bracken, Dr Alan Cusack, Dr. Susan Leahy, Dr John
Lombard, Dr. Jennifer Schweppe, and Eoin Quill. I am also very appreciative of the work of all
of our authors and reviewers. Lucy Davis, an IRC scholar in the School, has done a splendid job
in copying editing this issue, and I would also like to acknowledge the work of copywriter, Bríana
Walsh. I very much hope that you enjoy this issue.
Shane Kilcommins
(Acting General Editor)
School of Law, UL.

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