Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland sworn into office

Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland sworn into office

Dame Siobhan Keegan

Dame Siobhan Keegan has been sworn into office as Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland at a ceremony in the Royal Courts of Justice.

The first woman to hold Northern Ireland’s top judicial post, Dame Siobhan was sworn into office in the Nisi Prius court in front of a small group of family and friends, colleagues and others linking remotely including schools and university students.

She paid tribute to Sir Declan Morgan for his distinguished service as Lord Chief Justice over the past 12 years, and said it was a great honour to be appointed as the first woman Chief Justice.

Dame Siobhan said: “I know that today is an important day for women in the legal profession. I hope that my appointment highlights the opportunities open to all, young women and men alike to progress in their careers and that it offers some inspiration about what can be achieved.”

She added: “The legal system is intricately bound up with those it serves. I intend to actively and openly engage with all of those affected by the application of law in Northern Ireland and to represent our jurisdiction nationally and internationally.

“We have a strong tradition of excellence and high standards which I aim to maintain and enhance. I am looking forward to the undoubted challenge this new role presents.”

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