The Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development(ACJRD) seeks to promote reform, development and effective operation of the criminal justice system.
It does so mainly by providing a forum where experienced personnel can discuss ways of working in an informal setting, by promoting study and research in the field of criminal justice and by promoting the highest standards of practice by professionals associated with criminal justice.
In order to promote informal discussion the Chatham House Rule* applies to certain ACJRD events.
Its activities are designed to lead to increased mutual understanding and provide insights into the problems with which all are confronted. In opening unofficial channels of communication, it improves co-operation between the different parts of the criminal justice system.
Since its inception, the development of ACJRD has benefited from financial assistance from the Department of Justice. A once off grant from the Department of Education and Science was also made towards the publications of Conference Reports. Research was funded by the Department of Justice and the Special Residential Services Board.
The current funding partnership comprises the Department of Justice, Irish Prison Service, The Probation Service and the Department of Children, Disability, Integration and Equality. Without such assistance the Association would fail to meet its objectives.
Association for Criminal Justice Research & Development trading as ACJRD, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland. Registered Company No. 340129 - CRA 20050573 - Registered Charity No. CHY 15012.
Directors: Maura Butler (Chairperson), Liz Heffernan (Vice-Chairperson), Deirdre Manninger (Secretary), Pauline Shields (Treasurer), Sophia Carey, Donna Creaven, Kevin Fidgeon, Yvonne Furey, Susan Leahy, Gerry McNally, Tony O'Donovan, David Sheahan and Rowena Toomey. The ACJRD office is located at Carmichael Centre, Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7, D07 E8XF.
* The Chatham House Rule: "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". The world-famous Chatham House Rule may be invoked at meetings to encourage openness and the sharing of information.