Courts Service Media Officer Meets Media Students

Mr. Gerry Curran, the Media Relations Officer with the Courts Service of Ireland was on campus last Semester to deliver a talk and a Questions & Answers session to students on the BA in Journalism and the BA in Journalism & Visual Media.

He spoke to journalism students about covering the courts: the pitfalls and problems, what can and cannot be broadcast or printed, how to avoid contempt of court and how the journalist can ensure a fair trial. Gerry is a former journalist himself and THE expert on this subject.

Catherine Cullen, Radio Journalism lecturer, writer and former RTÉ radio producer said: “He’s a fantastic contact for journalists – always at the end of a phone to advise on any case going through the courts”.

Gerry Curran visits Griffith College

Gerry Curran, the Courts Service of Ireland Media Relations Officer (right), beside Catherine Cullen, Radio Journalism lecturer, writer and former RTÉ radio producer, with students. Anne Daly, Radio Journalism lecturer, independent TV producer and former RTÉ radio reporter/producer, is in the background with Ronan Brady, news journalism and ethics lecturer, ex-Chair of the Irish Executive Council of the NUJ.

Mr. Curran’s job involves dealing with all queries from representatives of the media regarding any aspect of the Courts Service of Ireland which is responsible for delivering “services to court users and the legal profession to the highest professional standards”.

The Service is also responsible for meeting the “needs of litigants and practitioners for information on the day to day business of the courts, as well as providing a valuable reference for those interested in the functioning of the courts system”.

The Courts Service was established in November 1999. This represented a development of great significance for the administration of the courts in Ireland.

According to Chief Justice, John L. Murray: “For the first time in the history of the State, that administration was granted a separate institutional identity, with a greatly enhanced level of control over, and responsibility for, the resources allocated to the operation of the courts.”

More on the Courts Service of Ireland can be found here.

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