Courts and Court Officers Act, 1995

Judicial Appointments Advisory Board.

13.—(1) For the purposes of identifying persons and informing the Government of the suitability of those persons for appointment to judicial office, there shall be established a body to be known as the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (in this Part referred to as “the Board”).

(2) The Board shall consist of—

(a) (i) the Chief Justice, who shall be the chairperson of the Board,

(ii) the President of the High Court,

(iii) the President of the Circuit Court,

(iv) the President of the District Court,

(v) the Attorney General,

(b) (i) a practising barrister who shall be nominated by the Chairman for the time being of the Council of the Bar of Ireland,

(ii) a practising solicitor who shall be nominated by the President for the time being of the Law Society of Ireland,


(c) not more than three persons appointed by the Minister who shall be persons engaged in, or having knowledge or experience (being knowledge or experience that the Minister considers appropriate) of commerce, finance, administration or persons who have experience as consumers of the services provided by the courts that the Minister considers appropriate.

(3) A person appointed to be a member of the Board by virtue of the provisions of subsection (2) (b) and (c) of this section shall be a member of the Board for a period not exceeding 3 years, and any such person so appointed shall be eligible for re-appointment to the Board.

(4) The Board may act notwithstanding a vacancy in its membership.