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Appointments to the Court of Appeal

 

At its meeting today, the Government nominated a judge of the High Court as President of the Court of Appeal, as well as, seven judges of the High Court and one judge of the Circuit Court as ordinary judges of the Court of Appeal as follows:

· The Hon. Mr. Justice Sean Ryan, President
· The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Kelly,
· The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan,
· The Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Peart,
· The Hon. Mr. Justice George Birmingham,
· The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Irvine,
· The Hon. Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan,
· The Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan and
· His Hon. Judge Alan Mahon

The Court of Appeal Act which was signed into law by President Higgins on the 20th of July 2014 provides that the new Court of Appeal is to be constituted of a President and up to nine ordinary judges.

The Government has taken the necessary steps to formally advise President Higgins of the nominations in accordance with constitutional procedure. The appointment ceremony of the President and ordinary judges of the Court of Appeal will take place in Áras an Uachtaráin later today.

It is proposed that the remaining Court of Appeal vacancy will be filled shortly.

29 October 2014


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Note for Editors:
The Programme for Government indicated that the necessary steps to create a permanent Court of Appeal would be taken during the lifetime of the current Government.

A referendum proposing the establishment of the Court of Appeal was agreed to by the people on 4 October 2013. The Court of Appeal Act 2014, which was signed into law by the President on the 20th of July 2014 provides for the establishment of the new Court and makes the necessary legislative provision to ensure that it is accommodated within the existing courts’ structure. The 2014 Act specifies that the new Court of Appeal is to comprise a President and up to nine ordinary judges.

A Government Order was signed on 21 October specifying that the Court of Appeal would be established on Tuesday 28 October 2014.

In order to facilitate smooth planning and preparations for the new court, the Government announced a President Designate and eight Judges Designate of the Court of Appeal on 25 February, 23 July and 21 October 2014 respectively.
As the Court of Appeal has now been established, giving rise to the vacancies for a President and nine ordinary judges, it is now appropriate for the Government to formally nominate the President of the Court of Appeal and its judges for appointment by the President. The appointment ceremony will take place in Áras an Uachtaráin later today.

A further nomination in respect of the remaining vacancy in the Court of Appeal will be made at a later stage.

Under section 17 of the Courts and Court Officers Act 1995, the procedures in respect of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board do not apply in respect of judicial appointments where a sitting judge is nominated for appointment.

Limited biographical notes in respect of the President and each of the Judges of the Court of Appeal are below:

The Hon. Mr. Justice Sean Ryan – President of the Court of Appeal
· Educated: University College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1972
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1983
· Appointed Chair of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Sept 2003
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: 2003
· Appointed chair of an Expert Group to examine options for the implementation on the European Court of Human Rights judgement in A, B and C v Ireland (report completed in Nov 2012)


The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Kelly
· Educated: University College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1973
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1986
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: 1996
· He has been in charge of the High Court Commercial list since it was established in 2004


The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan
· Educated: University College Dublin, the College of Europe, Bruges and the Law Society of Ireland
· Admitted as a Solicitor: 1973
· Called to the Bar: 1980
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1988
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2002 and assigned to the High Court Commercial list since 2004. In charge of the Examiners Court list and the Hague Convention on Child Abduction list
· Is a liaison judge for Ireland for the International Hague Network of Judges and the European Judicial Network and is an Ad-hoc judge to the European Court of Human Rights

The Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Peart
· Educated: University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland
· Admitted as a Solicitor: 1970
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: 2002
· Wide experience in areas including Judicial Review, Extradition, Criminal Law, Personal Injuries, Asylum, Immigration, Family Law and the Commercial Court

The Hon. Mr. Justice George Birmingham
· Educated: Trinity College and King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1976
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1999
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: 2007 with wide experience in both civil and criminal law
· Previously a member of Dáil Eireann (1981 – 1989) and a Minister of State (1982 – 1987)


The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Irvine
· Educated: University College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1978
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1996
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: 2007 and in charge of the Personal Injuries list since 2011
· Chair of the Working Group on Medical Negligence and Periodic Payments


The Hon. Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan
· Educated: University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland
· Enrolled as a Solicitor: 1969
· Editor of the Criminal Law Journal from 1981 to 1986
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: June 2007
· Wide experience as a solicitor and judge in both civil and criminal law


The Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan
· Educated: University College Dublin, University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1984
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1997
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: 2010
· Wide experience in Constitutional Law, Administrative and public law, EU law and previously a law lecturer and fellow in Trinity College Dublin 1982 - 2007


His Hon. Judge Alan Mahon:
· Educated: University College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1976
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1988
· Appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court: April 2002
· Appointed as a Judge of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments in September 2002 and appointed Chairman of the Tribunal in July 2003