BASIC COURSE IN LEGAL STUDIES

This course will include a visit to the courts and will cover the following:

Week 1: Introduction to the Irish Court System: 1) Small Claims, 2) District Court, 3) Circuit

Courts, 4) High Court, 5) Supreme Court . . . and 6) European Court of Human Rights. The

differences between the Common Law and the Law of Equity.

Week 2: Personal Rights under The Irish Constitution. Negligence: Duty of Care, Standard of

Care; Personal Injuries, Burden of Proof. Examples of Court Documents in Negligence and

Personal Injuries Cases.

Week 3: Negligence: Duty of Care, Standard of Care; Personal Injuries, Burden of Proof.

Examples of Court Documents in Negligence and Personal Injuries Cases. Pitfalls of taking a

case re Costs.

Week 4: Statute of Limitations. Differences between Civil Law and Criminal Law. Murder,

Assault.

Week 5: Sexual Offences, Rape, Sexual Assaults.

Week 6: Criminal Defences and the Rights of the Suspect under the Irish Constitution.

Week 7: Theft and Fraud Offences.

Week 8:Wills:What Constitutes a Valid Will. Case law outlining challenges made to wills.

Week 9: Squatters Rights: Adverse Possession.

Week 10: Occupiers Liability / Introduction to Contract Law.

Tutor: Bernard Stobie LL.B., Barrister-At-Law, LL.M

Cost: €110

Monday Evenings 7.30 – 9.30

Legal Studies

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