Judicial appointments



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

Judicial appointments bill completes final stage in Seanad

The controversial Judicial Appointments Commission Bill has completed the final stage in the Seanad after 125 hours of debate.

Published 12 December 2019

Seanad votes for three-year gap before former lawyers considered 'lay persons'

The controversial Judicial Appointments Bill has been amended in the Seanad to allow former barristers and solicitors to be considered "lay persons" three years after leaving practice.

Published 11 December 2019

Ms Justice Baker set for elevation to Supreme Court in trio of nominations

Ms Justice Mary Baker has been nominated for elevation to the Supreme Court in a trio of nominations agreed by the Cabinet yesterday.

Published 28 November 2019

Four barristers and one solicitor nominated for appointment to High Court bench

Four senior barristers and a solicitor have been nominated for appointment to the High Court.

Published 13 November 2019

First solicitor appointed to the High Court retires after 17 years on the bench

Mr Justice Michael Peart, the first solicitor appointed to the High Court, has retired from the Court of Appeal.

Published 28 October 2019

Judiciary raised concerns about quality of applicants two years ago

The Association of Judges of Ireland (AJI) raised concerns about the quality of applicants for appointment to the bench in a letter to the Public Service Pay Commission two years ago.

Published 18 October 2019

Seven judges nominated for appointment to Court of Appeal

Seven judges have been nominated by Government for appointment to the enlarged Court of Appeal.

Published 9 October 2019

Mr Justice McCloskey sworn in as Lord Justice of Appeal

Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey has been sworn in as a Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

Published 5 September 2019

Lord Reed becomes president of the UK Supreme Court

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Lord Reed as the next president of the UK Supreme Court.

Published 24 July 2019

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly nominated for appointment to Court of Appeal

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly has been nominated by ministers for appointment to the Court of Appeal.

Published 12 June 2019

Lord Justice Deeny to retire from the bench

Sir Donnell Deeny, Lord Justice of Appeal, is set to retire from the bench this autumn.

Published 24 May 2019

Government concedes amendment to judicial appointments reform bill on promotion of sitting judges

The Government has accepted an amendment to its controversial Judicial Appointments Commission Bill to make it easier for sitting judges of the superior courts to be promoted.

Published 10 May 2019