Judicial appointments



Judicial appointments bill will not skip pre-legislative scrutiny

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

Mr Justice Maguire elevated to Court of Appeal

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 to be elevated to Circuit Court

Judge Colin Daly, the president of the District Court, has been nominated for appointment as a Circuit Court judge.

Published 24 December 2020

Committee chair opposes bid to skip pre-legislative scrutiny of judicial appointments reform bill

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

Chief Justice to chair new judicial appointments commission

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 reportedly refuses €5,200 pay rise

Chief Justice Frank Clarke has reportedly refused to accept a €5,200 pay rise approved by government ministers.

Published 9 December 2020

ECtHR: Judge appointed in tainted process violated defendant's rights

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

Defensive justice minister promises judicial appointments reform bill soon

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 appointed Recorder of Belfast

Judge Stephen Fowler QC has been appointed as Recorder of Belfast, the most senior County Court judge in Northern Ireland.

Published 24 November 2020

Oireachtas justice committee to review judicial appointments process

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

Ministers were not told that sitting judges applied for Supreme Court vacancy

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

Two new High Court judges appointed

Barrister David Scoffield QC and Judge David McFarland have been appointed as judges of the High Court.

Published 2 November 2020

Shane Ross says Woulfe has strengthened case for lay chair on judicial appointments body

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

Nuala Butler SC nominated for appointment to High Court

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 appointed to UK Supreme Court

Lord Justice Stephens has been appointed to the UK Supreme Court.

Published 26 August 2020