Judicial Appointments

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Minsters have nominated Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly for appointment to the Supreme Court, and Mr Justice Charles Meenan and Ms Justice Tara Burns for appointment to the Court of Appeal. The nominations follow the passing of the Courts Bill 2023 earlier this month, allowing for the appointment of 24 a

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Senior legal executives will have the opportunity to become Crown Court judges in England and Wales as the UK government takes action to address the backlog of serious criminal cases. Justice Secretary Alex Chalk KC announced that the departure from usual practice on the Crown Court bench, which has

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Criminal defence solicitor Shalom Binchy has been nominated by ministers for appointment as an ordinary judge of the District Court. Ms Binchy will fill the vacancy arising from the retirement of Judge Brian J. Sheridan in March.

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Northern Ireland barrister Francis Rafferty has been appointed as a district judge. Judge Rafferty was sworn in before Dame Siobhan Keegan, the Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, on Wednesday.

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Mr Justice Michael Humphreys, Bernard Brady KC and Michael Robinson have been appointed to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC). Mr Justice Humphreys, who has been appointed for a five-year term, replaces Mr Justice Horner as the High Court judge commissioner.

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Ministers have agreed to appoint Rory Mulcahy SC to the High Court and Sinead Behan, Dr Geoffrey Shannon and Dermot Sheehan to the Circuit Court. Mr Mulcahy will fill the High Court vacancy arising from the retirement of Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy last week.

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An additional 24 judges will be appointed across the Irish courts this year and a further 20 judges next year, the government has announced. The overall number of judges in the State will increase from 173 to 217 by the end of 2024 under government plans to implement the recommendations of the judic

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Mícheál P O’Higgins SC, a former chair of The Bar of Ireland, has been nominated by ministers for appointment to the High Court bench. In addition, barrister Elizabeth Maguire SC and solicitor Simon McAleese have been nominated for appointment as judges of the Circuit Court.

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Judge Patrick Kinney has been appointed and sworn into office as a High Court judge in Northern Ireland in one of three new judicial appointments. Alongside the appointment of Mr Justice Kinney, Judge Mark McGarrity and Mark Reel have been appointed as County Court judges.

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The government has nominated Mr Justice Maurice Collins for appointment to the Supreme Court and Judge Melanie Greally for appointment to the High Court. Mr Justice Collins, a great-nephew of Michael Collins, will fill the Supreme Court vacancy arising from the retirement of Mr Justice Frank Clarke

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Judge Síofra O'Leary has formally taken up the presidency of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) with effect from today. The first woman and the first Irish person to serve as president of the court in its 63-year history, she will serve for an initial two-year term until 2024.

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