Thursday 25 May 2017

Former High Court chief to serve on new legal authority

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

Dearbhail McDonald

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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