Judicial appointments



Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington to be elevated to Court of Appeal

Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington has been nominated for appointment as an ordinary judge of the Court of Appeal.

Published 5 August 2020

Former Attorney General Séamus Woulfe set for Supreme Court bench

The former Attorney General of Ireland, Séamus Woulfe SC, has been nominated by ministers for appointment to the Supreme Court.

Published 16 July 2020

Law Society urges solicitors to apply for High Court posts

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has written to solicitors to urge them to apply for two vacant positions on the High Court.

Published 23 June 2020

Ms Justice Irvine takes up role as High Court president

Ms Justice Mary Irvine has taken up her new role as president of the High Court after making her constitutional declaration in a small ceremony overseen by Chief Justice Frank Clarke.

Published 22 June 2020

Judicial recruitment crisis as High Court vacancies mount

Up to four new High Court judges are being sought in Northern Ireland at a time when low pay, pension cuts and the increasingly demanding and unsociable nature of the job are driving a judicial recruitment crisis.

Published 19 June 2020

Ms Justice Mary Irvine nominated as president of the High Court

Ms Justice Mary Irvine of the Supreme Court has been nominated by government ministers as the next president of the High Court.

Published 15 June 2020

Sir Declan Morgan ruled out as candidate for Supreme Court seat

Sir Declan Morgan, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, has been ruled out as a candidate for the UK Supreme Court seat to be vacated by Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore on his retirement in September.

Published 1 May 2020

Lord Justice Leggatt to be sworn in to Supreme Court in hybrid ceremony

Lord Justice Leggatt (Sir George Leggatt) will be sworn in as justice of the UK Supreme Court in a closed ceremony next Tuesday.

Published 16 April 2020

Independent TD who led drive for judicial appointments reform loses seat

The independent TD who was widely seen as driving the outgoing government's commitment to reforming the judicial appointments system has lost his seat in Saturday's election.

Published 10 February 2020

Attorney General John Larkin to serve as temporary High Court judge

Northern Ireland's Attorney General John Larkin QC has been sworn in as a temporary High Court judge.

Published 3 February 2020

Barristers sworn in as temporary High Court judges

Five senior Northern Ireland barristers have taken up office as temporary High Court judges as of today.

Published 24 January 2020

Record number of bills to lapse when Dáil dissolves for election

A record 320 bills, including the controversial bill to reform the judicial appointments process, are expected to lapse when the Dáil is dissolved for the election next month.

Published 15 January 2020

Síofra O'Leary appointed section president of European human rights court

Ireland's judge at the European Court of Human Rights has been elected as one of five section presidents.

Published 14 January 2020

Lord Reed becomes President of the UK Supreme Court

Lord Reed has been installed as the new President of the UK Supreme Court.

Published 13 January 2020

Four judicial appointments agreed at final Cabinet meeting of the year

Four appointments to the Court of Appeal, High Court, Circuit Court and District Court benches have been agreed by the Government at its final meeting of the year.

Published 23 December 2019