Editorial: Wisdom of Judge White won't be easily replaced
The announcement by Central Criminal Court judge Mr Justice Barry White that he will retire this year was well flagged. Approaching 70 years of age, his forthcoming retirement is part of the natural attrition on the bench. His departure, however, comes at a time of unprecedented change in the judiciary as the Government prepares to appoint 10 new judges to the Court of Appeal.
That wave of appointments will require a subsidiary wave of fresh appointments to fill the gaps left by senior judges and others being elevated to the new court.
Judge White is best known to the public as the judge that presided over a series of high-profile murder and rape cases.