We act as advocates on behalf of young people charged with criminal offences in the Central and Circuit Criminal Courts and in the Childrens’ District Courts. We also act in other courts throughout the State in appropriate cases. We campaign for the promotion and protection of the rights of children and act at all levels in the family law courts and child protection courts and provide a round the clock advice service.
We aim to provide a first class legal advice service to children and young people and work in partnership with parents and families, teachers, social workers, guardian ad litems, gardai and other support workers in the promotion and protection of children’s rights. We advocate for, and campaign on behalf of, children and young people in welfare proceedings, family law applications, educational and disability entitlements, mental health law, asylum and immigration and other social supports.
We have one of the largest education law departments in the country and have been to the forefront in fighting for families accessing early assessment and service provision.
We have many years expertise in providing legal advice and representation to children and their guardians in relation to the Garda juvenile liaison scheme (commonly known as the JLO scheme), at detentions for interview in garda stations and in relation to illegal detention at young offenders institutions before the High Court.
Whenever a juvenile comes into contact with the criminal justice system or has a welfare need, at KOD Lyons we possess the specialist knowledge and sensitivity to deal with the case.