Sunday 26 February 2017

Where is the zeal now for reforming a deeply political judicial appointments process?

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin


Zealous about reform, they swept into office with promises of a new way of doing business. And indeed a number of the Coalition's targets were met, one of which was cuts to judicial pay and pensions.

But the Fine Gael-Labour administration indicated its intention to go further. Root-and-branch changes to the opaque system by which judges are appointed were indicated, and there was general support for such a reform. Questions are asked repeatedly about the process by which lawyers are elevated to the bench.

To date, the answers remain unsatisfactory.

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