Legal

Supreme Court finds that Judicial Appointments Bill is constitutional

The bill had been referred to the court by President Michael D Higgins

President Michel D Higgins referred to the bill to the Supreme Court under Article 26 of the Constitution

A controversial bill which aims to reform the system for the appointment of judges has been deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court.

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, who drafted the judgment, said the seven judge court was “satisfied that the bill has not been shown to be unconstitutional”.

The decision means the Judicial Appointments Bill will be enacted into law and cannot be challenged again.

It was referred to the Supreme Court in October after President ...