Minister appeals decision to allow ex-judge to work as a barrister
Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has appealed a High Court decision that allowed retired judge Barry White return to practice as a criminal defence barrister.
Mr White (71), who presided over the high-profile murder trials of wife killers Joe O'Reilly, Brian Kearney and Eamonn Lillis, retired in 2014.
He sought to resume work as a barrister after the value of his pension collapsed, but his efforts to do so were blocked.
However, he won the right to resume work as a barrister last July when the High Court quashed a decision by Ms Fitzgerald to exclude him from a panel eligible to work under the criminal legal aid scheme.
The Department of Justice confirmed an appeal had been lodged on Monday with a hearing set for October 25 at the Court of Appeal.
The minister has argued that Mr White could earn a living from work other than in criminal legal aid.