Judicial Appointments

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Around €2.5 million has been set aside in anticipation of a "significant increase in the number of judges" in the State, justice minister Helen McEntee has said. An increase in judicial numbers is likely to be a headline recommendation of the judicial planning working group headed by civil serv

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Dr Laura Cahillane calls for legislative reform to end the practice of directly elevating attorney generals to the bench. Last June, during the report stage of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, the Sinn Féin justice spokesman Martin Kenny put down an amendment to create a cooling-off

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Judge Síofra O’Leary, the Irish judge on the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), has been elected as the president of the court for a two-year term. She is the first woman and the first Irish person to serve as president of the court in its 63-year history, and will take up office o

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Former High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly has resigned as a judge of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Courts. The retired judge was sworn in last week alongside former chief justice Frank Clarke. Both have now resigned following criticism focused on the UAE's poor record on hum

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Ms Justice Nuala Butler has been nominated for appointment to the Court of Appeal in a move that will make it the first court in Irish history to have a majority of women judges. A judge of the High Court since 2020, Ms Justice Butler's appointment will fill the vacancy created by Mr Justice David B

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Ireland's former chief justice Frank Clarke has resigned as a judge of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Courts and former High Court president Peter Kelly has been urged to follow suit in light of a row over the UAE's record on human rights. The two retired judges were sworn in last wee

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Tributes have been paid to Ms Justice Mary Irvine on the occasion of her retirement as president of the High Court. Attorney General Paul Gallagher SC, Bar Council chairperson Maura McNally SC and Law Society president Michelle Ní Longáin were among those who spoke during the judge's f

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Ministers have agreed to nominate barrister John Martin for appointment as a Circuit Court judge and solicitor Vincent Deane as a District Court judge. The Circuit Court vacancy arises following the retirement of Judge Petria McDonnell last month, while the vacancy on the District Court will arise f

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Legal academic Dr Patrick O'Brien examines the long-running saga over judicial appointments reform in Ireland. Judicial appointments in Ireland are shortly due to be put on a more formal footing. When the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2022 is enacted, it will provide for an appointments comm

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Judge Patricia Smyth has been appointed as presiding County Court judge and Recorder of Belfast. The five-year appointment by the Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Dame Siobhan Keegan, will take effect from Monday.

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Mr Justice David Barniville has been nominated by ministers for appointment as president of the High Court. Currently an ordinary judge of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Barniville will succeed Ms Justice Mary Irvine, who is taking early retirement from the middle of July.

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Solicitors Anne Marshall and Alana McSorley have been appointed as district judges in Northern Ireland. The two women were sworn into office yesterday before Dame Siobhan Keegan, the Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

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