Monday 21 August 2017

Dail barristers are lining up with the judiciary to ward off reform

Legal-eagle TDs rush to defend the appointment of judges as the debate on Shane Ross's reform proposals turns nasty, writes Philip Ryan

Fianna Fáil's justice spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan. Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fáil's justice spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan. Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Barristers and judges are intrinsically linked. Not all barristers want to become judges but it is safe to say most ambitious legal practitioners do see themselves one day donning the wig and gown.

The money is not necessarily any better once you become a judge but the prestige, honour and power of ruling over cases can outweigh the financial reward.

Barristers, not all but some, also like to get involved in politics. It's natural they would do so. Politicians and legal professionals socialise in the same circles and - whether they want to admit it or not - there is an overtly political element to how members of the judiciary are appointed.

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