Saturday November 28, 2020

Judging the judiciary

Changes are coming that may finally rule out the political factor in appointing judges - but is the real talent being squeezed out?

28th August, 2016
The Four Courts, Dublin: what shape should judicial reform take? Picture: iStock

When speaking off the record, it is not uncommon for senior figures in the Four Courts to complain about recent judicial appointments to the superior courts.

Typical gripes are that the best and brightest silks at the bar have been overlooked in favour of unknowns, that the pay and pension package is putting off the real talent and that political patronage has reached new heights. One particularly derogatory off-the-cuff remark referred to some of the...

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