The role of the victim in the irish criminal process

AuthorPaul Carney
PositionJudge of the High Court
2007] The Role of The Victim in the 7
Irish Criminal Process
In the first instance I want to say how flattered and grateful I
am to have been appointed Adjunct Professor of Law in this
college. This is an appointment which I will assiduously cherish,
and foster even closer relations than already exist between the
undergraduate and postgraduate students of this college and the
institution of the Central Criminal Court. It seems to me a very
European thing to do to appoint a serving judge to a position of
this kind.
The first part of the induction process of Adjunct Professors
is to take tea with the President of the college in his magnificent
suite of offices and this I did some months ago. When leaving I
said that some might not be enthusiastic about my being delivered
this independent platform and I thought for a moment that I saw
the President’s face fall and the ‘whatever have I let myself in for
here’ look come over his countenance for less than a second.
Professor Fennell did not show any such reaction.
I have decided that for the duration of my term my statutory
lectures should be devoted to the topic of the role of the victim in
the Irish criminal process. There are two great issues which must
be faced:
1. Conduct on the part of the victim which might lead to a
liability for contempt of court; and
2. The building up by the media of selected victims into such
an iconic status that other participants in the trial process,
including the judge, are handicapped in the discharge of
their independent roles.
Judge of the High Court. Text of inaugural address delivered at University
College Cork, 24 November 2006, on appointment as Adjunct Professor of
Law at UCC Faculty of Law.

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