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The Chief Justice of Ireland (Irish: Phríomh-Bhreitheamh na hÉireann) is the president of the Supreme Court of Ireland.[1]

Under Constitution of Ireland, the Chief Justice of Ireland also occupies several positions ex officio, these include;

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Statutory roles

Under s. 2(5) of the Referendum Act 1998, the Chief Justice nominates the chairperson of the Referendum Commission.

List of Chief Justices since 1924

Name Entered Office Left Office
Hugh Kennedy 1924 1936
Timothy Sullivan 1936 1946
Conor Maguire 1946 1961
Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh 1961 1973
William FitzGerald 1973 1974
Thomas O'Higgins 1974 1985
Thomas Finlay 1985 1994
Liam Hamilton 1994 2000
Ronan Keane 2000 2004
John L. Murray 2004 2011
Susan Denham 2011 Incumbent

Constitution of Ireland and the removal of a judge from office

There is no Twenty-second Amendment. The Twenty-second Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2001 [relating to the removal of a Judge from Office and providing for a body to be established by Law to investigate or cause to be investigated conduct constituting misbehaviour by a Judge or affected by incapacity of a Judge] was not passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas.[2]

See also

Notes

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was created under the Courts of Justice Act 1924. Before 1924 the Lord Chancellor of Ireland was the highest judicial office in Ireland[3] The Supreme Court sits in the Four Courts. When the Supreme Court sits as it mostly does in two chambers, the second chamber sits in the Hugh Kennedy Court, named after the First Chief Justice.[4]

References

  1. ^ The Constitution of Ireland including Art. 34.4, only uses the term "Chief Justice" however in practice "Chief Justice of Ireland" is the accepted long form of the name;[citation needed] whilst "Chief Justice of the Supreme Court" is rarely used.
  2. ^ Constitution of Ireland Pages x-xii
  3. ^ Source: The Judges in Ireland 1221–1921 by Francis Erlington Ball (ISBN 1846300746)
  4. ^ The Supreme Court of Ireland: A History by The Courts Service (ISBN 075571766X)

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