Council

King’s Inns activities are co–ordinated by Council, the Society’s governing body. It is made up of the Chief Justice (ex officio), the President of the Court of Appeal (ex officio) and the President of the High Court (ex officio), a judge of the Circuit Court, the Attorney General (ex officio), Chair and Treasurer of the Bar of Ireland (ex officio), and a number of other benchers, judges, practising and non–practising barristers elected by the subscribing members of King’s Inns.

A newly formed Council for a succeeding year elect six Committees who are made up of people from Council is to oversee the management of King’s Inns in delivering the strategy and policy, and administering the Society’s day–to–day business operations.

Objectives

Council and the King’s Inns CEO and Under Treasurer, has staff and contractors which services the Society’s Council and Committees and also administers the objectives of King’s Inns.

King’s Inns is the oldest institution of legal education in Ireland. Its main objectives are:

  • the promotion and advancement of learning in the law;
  • the education and training of students and members of the King’s Inns;
  • the protection and furtherance of the reputation and standing of the degree of Barrister–at–Law;
  • the preservation of the heritage that is comprised in the King’s Inns, its buildings, library, furnishings and environs; and
  • to ensure the fitness of persons to practise as or to hold themselves out as barristers prior to and, subject to Part 6 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, after their call to the Bar.

Elections

Elections shall be held in each year to fill vacancies caused by the expiry of the term of office of members of Council. Elections will take place during the Michaelmas Term. Voting and meeting provisions are set our in the General Rules of the Society.

Judicial Benchers (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

The Hon. Mr Justice Clarke

Chief Justice

ex officio

The Hon. Mr Justice Birmingham

President, Court of Appeal

ex officio

The Hon. Ms Justice Irvine

President, High Court

ex officio

The Hon. Mr Justice Keane

.

31/12/2020

The Hon. Ms Justice Pilkington

.

31/12/2020

The Hon. Mr Justice Simons

.

31/12/2020

The Hon. Mr Justice Edwards

.

31/12/2021

The Hon. Mr Justice Barniville

.

31/12/2021

The Hon. Ms Justice Baker

.

31/12/2021

The Hon. Ms Justice Burns

.

31/12/2021

Professional Body Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

Ms Maura McNally SC

Chair, Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Mr Seán Ó hUallacháin

Treasurer, Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Mr Tim O’Leary SC

Ms Sara Phelan SC

Ms Maura McNally SC

Mr Joseph O’Sullivan

Mr Dara Hayes

Mr Darren Lehane

Ms Mema Byrne

Ms Rachel Baldwin

Bar Benchers Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

Mr Hugh O’Neill SC

.

31/12/2020

Mr James O’Reilly SC

.

31/12/2020

Mr Hugh Mohan SC

.

31/12/2020

Mr Denis McCullough SC

.

31/12/2020

Ms Jacqueline O’Brien SC

.

31/12/2020

Mr John Rogers SC

.

31/12/2021

Mr Michael McDowell SC

.

31/12/2021

Mr Fergal Foley

.

31/12/2021

Mr Michael Collins SC

.

31/12/2021

Mr Tom Mallon

.

31/12/2021

Practising Bar Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

Mr Tadgh Dorgan

.

31/12/2020

Mr Arran Dowling-Hussey

.

31/12/2020

Mr George Maguire

.

31/12/2020

Ms Georgina Farren

.

31/12/2020

Mr Michael McCormack

.

31/12/2020

Ms Susan Lennox

.

31/12/2021

Ms Elizabeth Donovan

.

31/12/2021

Mr Gerard N Murphy

.

31/12/2021

Ms Sally O’Neill

.

31/12/2021

Mr Aillil O’Reilly

.

31/12/2021

Circuit Court Judge

Name

Position

Term Expires

Her Hon. Judge Jacqueline Linnane

Circuit Court Judge

31/12/2021

Attorney General

Name

Position

Term Expires

Mr Paul Gallagher SC

AG

ex officio

Non–Practising Barristers

Name

Position

Term Expires

Mr Brian Byrne

.

31/12/2020

Mr John Holohan

.

31/12/2021