Monday 18 December 2017

Charleton nominated to the Supreme Court

Mr Justice Peter Charleton
Mr Justice Peter Charleton

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE Government has nominated High Court judge Peter Charleton to the Supreme Court amid growing concerns among the judiciary that the High Court will be stripped of its expertise ahead of the creation of a new Court of Appeal.

Judge Charleton, a renowned musician, author and criminal law expert, was nominated to replace retired Supreme Court Judge Mr Justice Nial Fennelly following yesterday's weekly Cabinet meeting.

The Government has vowed to reform the appointment of judges, but the changes are unlikely to be in place by the autumn when up to 12 new positions will require to be filled to facilitate the setting up of new Court of Appeal.

The majority of appeal judges are likely to be drawn from the High Court, leading to concerns that the administration of justice could suffer with the loss of so many experienced judges from that court.

If all 10 of the new Court of Appeal judges are drawn from the High Court, 75pc of the 36 judges on the High Court will have less than three years' experience by the end of the year.

High Court judge Mr Justice Sean Ryan has been named president designate of the Court of Appeal, which will sit between the Supreme Court and High Court.

It is expected to be up and running in the autumn.

Irish Independent

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