Legal Services Ombudsman Act 2009

Appointment of Legal Services Ombudsman.

5.— (1) The Legal Services Ombudsman shall be appointed by the Government on the nomination of the Minister.

(2) In considering the appointment of a person to be the Legal Services Ombudsman, the Government shall satisfy themselves that the person has the appropriate experience, qualifications, training and expertise for the appointment.

(3) A person is not eligible for appointment as the Legal Services Ombudsman if he or she—

(a) is a member of either House of the Oireachtas,

(b) is entitled under the rules of procedure of the European Parliament to sit in that Parliament,

(c) is a member of a local authority,

(d) is a practising barrister or a practising solicitor,

(e) is a member of the Law Society, or

(f) is a member of the Bar Council or a bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.