Lawyers pay tribute to outgoing bail list judge

Lawyers pay tribute to outgoing bail list judge

Lawyers paid tribute to Mr Justice Paul Butler as he began his final week as the judge presiding over High Court bail applications, The Irish Times reports.

He is set to shortly be replaced by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly.

During the sitting yesterday, barrister Nehru Morgan Pillay lay praise upon the judge on behalf of the Bar Council of Ireland.

He said the court had run very smoothly under Mr Justice Butler, adding to applause: “We will all miss you.”

Solicitor Caroline Butler, an expert in bail law, subsequently spoke on behalf of the defence solicitors and echoed Mr Pillay’s remarks.

Mr Justice Kelly takes over at the same time that a number of rule changes will take place, including an impetus on bail applicants to personally swear the affidavit grounding their application.

At present, most bail applications are sworn by their solicitors.

Under the new rules, court dates for bail hearings will not be set unless an application has been sworn by the suspect seeking bail.

Mr Justice Butler earlier said he was not consulted on the new rules, which “may turn out to be good, bad or indifferent”.

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