Holding court: Chief Justice Frank Clarke

Clarke talks to Legal Affairs Correspondent Francesca Comyn about leadership, accountability and reform in turbulent times for the judiciary

1st October, 2017
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Frank Clarke: ‘Certain categories of litigation have become too expensive for ordinary people’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Two short months ago, the appointment of Frank Clarke as Chief Justice was met with paroxysms of goodwill in legal circles. As the favourite candidate for the job, the former commercial law barrister from Walkinstown, Dublin, was hailed as a man of the people in possession of one of the finest legal minds of his generation.

It may have been his due, but some of the puffier bursts of praise hid a deeper relief that...

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