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Appointments to the High Court

 

At its meeting today, the Government nominated five Circuit Court judges, two solicitors and one senior counsel for appointment by the President to the High Court as follows:

· His Hon. Judge Carroll Moran,
· Her Hon. Mary Faherty,
· His Hon. Tony Hunt
· His Hon. Ray Fullam,
· Her Hon. Carmel Stewart,
· Mr Donald Binchy, Solicitor
· Mr Robert Eagar, Solicitor and
· Mr Robert Haughton, Senior Counsel

The vacancies on the High Court arise from the appointment yesterday of eight High Court judges to the newly established Court of Appeal: The Hon. Mr. Justice Sean Ryan, 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 and The Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan.

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 judges to the High Court will take place in Áras an Uachtaráin later today.


30 October 2014

ENDS


Note for Editors:

Under section 17 of the Courts and Court Officers Act 1995 (as amended by the Court of Appeal Act 2014), 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. The remaining nominations for appointment follow the receipt of lists of suitable candidates from the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board.

The vacancies in the High Court arise from the appointment on 29 October 2014 of eight High Court judges to the newly established Court of Appeal. 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 the smooth planning and preparations arising from the replacement of a significant number of judges in the High Court, the Government, agreed in principle, to the nominations to the High Court as outlined above on 14 and 21 October 2014 respectively.


Limited biographical notes in respect of each of the judges are below:
His Hon. Judge Carroll Moran
· Educated: University College Dublin
· Enrolled as a Solicitor: 1970
· Called to the Bar: 1975
· Wide experience as a solicitor and barrister in both civil and criminal law
· Editor of the Irish Reports: 1993 to 1997
· Appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court: 1997
· Presided as a Judge on the Cork, Western and Midland Circuits: 1997 to 2002
· Permanently assigned to the South Western Circuit: 2004

Her Hon. Judge Mary Faherty
· Educated: University of Freiburg in Germany, University College Galway and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1986
· Called to the Bar of England and Wales: 1996
· Called to the Inner Bar: 2001
· Chairperson of the Employment Appeals Tribunal: 1995 to 2002
· Appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court: 2002
· Appointed as a member of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments: 2002
· Elected as a Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT): 2011
· Served as the fifth President of UNAT: 2012 to 2014

His Hon. Judge Tony Hunt
· Educated: University College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1986
· Appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court in May 2007 and assigned to the Midland Circuit in March 2012
· Member of the Working Group on Efficiency Measures in the Criminal Justice System – Circuit and District Courts and a member of the Circuit Court Rules Committee
His Hon. Judge Raymond Fullam
· Educated: University College Dublin, Institute of Chartered Accountants and the King’s Inns
· Chartered Accountant: 1971
· Called to the Bar: 1977
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1995
· Practised on the Eastern and Dublin Circuits: 1977 to 1995
· Criminal Prosecutor for County Kildare: 1983 to 1991
· As a Senior Counsel was engaged in general practice and revenue law: 1995 to 2007
· Appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court: 2007
· Member of the Audit Committee of the Courts Service
· Member of Drugs Appeal Board of the GAA: 2002 to date

Her Hon. Judge Carmel Stewart
· Educated: University College Galway and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1987
· Called to the Inner Bar: 2008
· Extensive practice as a Junior and Senior Counsel with experience in notable cases in constitutional and public law
· Member of the Family Lawyers’ Association and served two periods as Chair: 1987 to 2012
· Vice Chair of the Employment Appeals Tribunal: 1993 to 1997
· Appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court: 2012
· Permanently assigned to the Dublin Circuit: 2012

Mr Donald Binchy, Solicitor
· Educated: University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland
· Enrolled as a Solicitor: 1987
· Wide experience in all areas of law with specialist expertise in company and commercial law, planning and administrative law
· Diploma in Planning in Environmental Law, Certificate in Public Procurement and an accredited mediator
Mr Robert Eagar, Solicitor
· Educated: University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland
· Enrolled as a Solicitor: 1978
· Wide experience in all areas of law with specialist expertise in criminal law, internet crime, extradition and asylum and human rights law as well as child-care cases
· Assistant solicitor in the Office of the Chief State Solicitors: 1978 - 1984
· Certificate in mediation
· Former chairperson and member of the Dublin Simon Community; founder member of the Irish Refugee Council and served on the Board of Management of Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School.
Mr Robert Haughton, Senior Counsel
· Educated: Trinity College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1979
· Called to the Inner Bar: 2004
· Wide experience of general practice, primarily civil law including personal injury and medical negligence, probate/chancery, landlord and tenant law as well as judicial reviews in asylum/immigration cases
· Counsel to the Lourdes Hospital Inquiry and Redress Scheme: 2004 – 2005
· Chairman of the board of Bloomfield Hospital (now Bloomfield Care Centre) from 2005 to 2012 and currently a director.