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Announcement of two Judges Designate of the Court of Appeal

The Government today announced two serving judges as Judges designate of the Court of Appeal:
The Hon. Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and His Hon. Judge Alan Mahon.
The Court of Appeal Bill was signed into law by President Higgins on the 20 July 2014. It provides that the new Court of Appeal is to be constituted of a President and up to nine ordinary judges.

On 25 February 2014, the Government announced The Hon. Mr. Justice Seán Ryan as President designate of the Court of Appeal and, on 23 July 2014, it announced The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Kelly, The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan, The Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Peart, The Hon. Mr. Justice George Birmingham, The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Irvine, and The Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan as ordinary judges designate of the Court of Appeal.

Formal nominations for the appointment of all judges to the Court of Appeal will take place once the Court has been established. Arrangements will then be made for their formal appointment to the Court of Appeal by President Higgins.

In addition, the Government today made an Order appointing the 28th of October 2014 as the date on which the Court of Appeal is established.

21 October 2014
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Note for Editors
The Programme for Government indicated that the necessary steps to create a permanent Court of Appeal would be taken during the lifetime of the current Government. A referendum proposing the establishment of the Court of Appeal was agreed to by the people on 4 October 2013. Under the terms of the referendum proposal it was specified that a law providing for the establishment of the Court of Appeal should be enacted as soon as practicable after the enactment of Article 34A (which indicates that the Court of Appeal is to be established in accordance with its terms).

The Court of Appeal Act 2014 provides for the establishment of the new Court and makes the necessary legislative provision to ensure that it is accommodated within the existing courts’ structure. The Bill was signed into law by the President on the 20 July 2014 and specifies that the new Court of Appeal is to comprise a President and up to nine ordinary judges.
Under section 17 of the Courts and Court Officers Act 1995 (as amended by the Court of Appeal Act 2014), the procedures in respect of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board do not apply in respect of judicial appointments where a sitting judge is nominated for appointment.

Limited biographical details for The Hon. Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan:
· Educated: University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland
· Enrolled as a Solicitor: 1969
· Editor of the Criminal Law Journal from 1981 to 1986
· Appointed as a Judge of the High Court: June 2007
· Wide experience as a solicitor and judge in both civil and criminal law

Limited biographical details for His Hon. Judge Alan Mahon:
· Educated: University College Dublin and the King’s Inns
· Called to the Bar: 1976
· Called to the Inner Bar: 1988
· Appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court: April 2002
· Appointed as a Judge of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments in September 2002 and appointed Chairman of the Tribunal in July 2003

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