The Board seeks at all times to promote a greater culture of advocacy among its solicitors. Solicitors provide advocacy services in the District Court. In the past this experience may have become more limited in the Dublin area on account of the general reliance on private practitioners for private law cases.
We previously provided an intensive training programme to enable solicitors to improve their skills. We remain committed to providing training on an ongoing basis to those who put the skills to meaningful use. We wish to further enhance the advocacy capacity of law centres particularly in relation to judicial separation and divorce cases in the Circuit Court. Most solicitors employed by us have very significant experience in the area of family law. Pleadings can be produced using EOS in a relatively straightforward way. Counsel is never automatically authorised and authorisation for Counsel must be sought from Legal Services in every case.
Management may issue guidelines from time to time to promote a greater level of solicitor advocacy, particularly in the Circuit Court. We will monitor compliance with any guidelines issued and this will form part of your performance assessment.