The Sentencing Process
His Honour Judge Tom O’Donnell
Monday 21st November, 5-6 p.m., Wood Room, Plassey House
Judge O’Donnell qualified as a solicitor in 1976. From 1980 to 1991 he was a member of the Limerick Legal Aid Panel and developed an extensive criminal defence practice, operating in the District Court, the Circuit Criminal Court and the Central Criminal Court. In 1998 he was nominated to be a Judge of the District Court and was initially appointed to the Dublin Metropolitan District Court. Subsequently, in 1999, he was appointed to Limerick City District Court. He was appointed to the Digital Audio Recording Project Board (DAR) in 2004 and in 2009 was instrumental in the introduction of video link facilities between Limerick District Court and Limerick Prison. Judge O’Donnell has a special interest in human rights law and holds a Diploma on the European Convention on Human Rights from University College, Dublin, and a Master’s Degree LL.M. in International Human Rights from University College, Galway. In 2007 he was further awarded a Diploma on International Human Rights and Criminal Procedure by the International Bar Association. He is the author of a number of articles in the Judicial Studies Institute Journal. In 2011 Judge O’Donnell was appointed a Judge of the Circuit Court.