Published on Tuesday 28th February 2012

Appointments to the Supreme Court

At its meeting today, the Government nominated the following serving judges of the High Court for appointment to the Supreme Court:

The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke

and

the Hon. Mr. Justice John MacMenamin

The Government has taken the necessary steps to formally advise President Higgins of the nominations in accordance with constitutional procedure.  The vacancies arise from the retirements from the Supreme Court of the Hon. Mrs Justice Fidelma Macken and the Hon. Mr. Justice Joseph Finnegan.

From 1 March 2012 there will be a total of 19 vacancies on the Bench – 2 on the Supreme Court (which will be filled by today’s nominations); 3 High Court (including two consequential from today’s nominations); 7 Circuit Court and 7 District Court.  Following receipt of the relevant lists from the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board, the Government will nominate persons for appointment by the President. 

Ends

Government Press Office, press.office@taosieach.gov.ie, Ph: 01 6194098

Note for Editors

Section 17 of the Courts and Court Officers Act 1995 provides that where the Government proposes to advise the President to appoint to judicial office a person who is…a judge of the High Court….the provisions of section 16 of that Act (which relate to the provision by the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board of a list of suitable nominees) shall not apply.

Biographical details for Mr. Justice Clarke

Born 1951

Educated: University College Dublin and the Kings Inns

Called to the Bar in 1973

Called to the Inner Bar in 1985

Chairman of the Bar Council 1993 – 1995

Appointed a Judge of the High Court in 2004

Chairman of the Referendum Commission for the 28th Amendment to the Constitution (Lisbon Treaty). 

Biographical details for Mr. Justice MacMenamin

Born 1952

Educated: University College Dublin and the Kings Inn

Called to the Bar in 1975

Called to the Inner Bar in 1991

Chairman of the Bar Council 1997 to 1999

Appointed a Judge of the High Court in 2004

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