Proposed legislation to overhaul the judicial appointments process will undergo pre-legislative scrutiny after TDs rejected a bid from Justice Minister Helen McEntee to expedite the process.
Published 20 January 2021
High Court judge Mr Justice Maguire has been appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in a round of judicial appointments announced this morning.
Published 8 January 2021
Judge Colin Daly, the president of the District Court, has been nominated for appointment as a Circuit Court judge.
Published 24 December 2020
Proposed legislation to overhaul the judicial appointments process should undergo pre-legislative scrutiny in spite of Justice Minister Helen McEntee's opposition, the chair of the Oireachtas justice committee has said.
Published 22 December 2020
Government ministers have approved the drafting of legislation to replace the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) with a new Judicial Appointments Commission chaired by the Chief Justice.
Published 15 December 2020
Chief Justice Frank Clarke has reportedly refused to accept a €5,200 pay rise approved by government ministers.
Published 9 December 2020
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has found that the fact that the Minister for Justice in Iceland selected a judge for appointment, in favour of candidates shortlisted by an independent evaluation panel, without providing sufficient reasons, meant that the judicial appointment was tainted by undue Executive discretion.
Published 3 December 2020
Justice Minister Helen McEntee has committed to bringing forward plans to reform the judicial appointments process as she insisted that ministers had acted appropriately over the appointment of Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe to the Supreme Court bench.
Published 27 November 2020
Judge Stephen Fowler QC has been appointed as Recorder of Belfast, the most senior County Court judge in Northern Ireland.
Published 24 November 2020
The Oireachtas justice committee should include a review of the judicial appointments process in its work programme for 2021, its chairperson has said.
Published 24 November 2020
Government ministers were not told that a number of sitting senior judges had expressed interest in the vacancy on the Supreme Court before agreeing to appoint Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe, it has emerged.
Published 13 November 2020
Barrister David Scoffield QC and Judge David McFarland have been appointed as judges of the High Court.
Published 2 November 2020
The controversy over Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe's attendance at an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner strengthens the case for a lay chairperson on the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission, former minister Shane Ross has said.
Published 6 October 2020
Barrister Nuala Butler SC has been nominated by ministers for appointment as an ordinary judge of the High Court.
Published 30 September 2020
Lord Justice Stephens has been appointed to the UK Supreme Court.
Published 26 August 2020