Courts (No. 2) Act, 1997

Appointment of presiding judges.

4.—(1) A person who, after the commencement of this Act, is appointed as the presiding judge of the Supreme Court, High Court, Circuit Court or District Court shall be so appointed—

(a) for a period of 7 years, or

(b) until he or she reaches the appropriate age of judicial retirement as a judge of that Court,

whichever first occurs, and, in a case to which paragraph (a) relates, shall not be eligible for re-appointment as presiding judge of that Court.

(2) Except in a case to which paragraph (b) of subsection (1) relates, nothing in that subsection shall be construed as affecting the continuance of a person as a judge of the court of which he or she was the presiding judge and, accordingly, every such person shall, as the case may be, continue to serve as a judge of that court.