Sunday 18 March 2018

President of High Court sworn in after failed 11th-hour challenge

Mr Justice Peter Kelly. Photo: Frank McGrath
Mr Justice Peter Kelly. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ray Managh

Judge Peter Kelly has been sworn in as President of the High Court.

Yesterday's 90-second ceremony in the Supreme Court, where he was presented with his warrant of appointment by the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, followed a failed 11th-hour legal challenge to Judge Kelly's appointment by businessman Jerry Beades.

Last Monday, High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Gilligan dismissed Mr Beades's challenge and said the businessman had timed his objection to cause "acute embarrassment" to the former Court of Appeal judge.

The Supreme Court was packed with well-wishers present to observe Judge Kelly swear an oath to execute the office of President of the High Court "without fear or favour, without ill-will for any man and to uphold the Constitution and laws".

Judge Kelly took the oath in the presence of his fellow judges of the Supreme Court - of which he is ex officio - judges of the appeal court, the High Court, Circuit and District Courts, leading counsel, members of the Bar Council, the Incorporated Law Society as well as retired judges and others. Mrs Justice Denham said the ceremony's brevity belied its significance.

Irish Independent

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