Thursday 23 March 2017

Former High Court chief to serve on new legal authority

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The former President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns (inset), will be the King's Inns nominee to serve on the new Legal Services Regulatory Authority, a move that could lead to support for the retired judge to become the regulator's inaugural chairperson.

The Irish Independent has learned that the King's Inns, which trains barristers - and whose benchers includes the country's most senior judges - will nominate Judge Kearns, who retired as High Court President late last year.

The Legal Services Regulation Act stipulates that the Authority will have a lay chairperson.

For the purposes of the new law, a lay person is defined as someone who has not served as a practising solicitor or barrister for the last five years preceding the establishment of the authority.

Irish Independent

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