Judges invited to apply for GSOC chairperson role

Judges invited to apply for GSOC chairperson role

Serving and retired judges of the superior courts have been invited to express interest in appointment as the next chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

Justice minister Heather Humphreys yesterday launched the process to find a replacement for Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring, whose term as chair will expire in December.

An independent selection panel will consider applications from judges and recommend a person suitable for appointment by the president.

The appointment will nominally be for three years, but will likely be cut short when GSOC transitions to a new organisational structure under the government’s landmark Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill.

In a statement, the Department of Justice said Mrs Humphreys “thanked Ms Justice Ring for her significant contribution as chair of GSOC since 2015” and for having served “with great commitment and dedication to the organisation”.

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