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 an independent educational institution, renowned for professional legal education and training. 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 Donal O’Donnell

Chief Justice

ex officio

The Hon. Mr Justice George Birmingham

President, Court of Appeal

ex officio

The Hon. Ms Justice Mary Irvine

President, High Court

ex officio

The Hon. Mr Justice David Keane

.

31/12/2022

The Hon. Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington

.

31/12/2022

The Hon. Ms Justice Nuala Butler

.

31/12/2022

The Hon. Mr Justice John Edwards

.

31/12/2023

The Hon. Mr Justice David Barniville

.

31/12/2023

The Hon. Ms Justice Tara Burns

.

31/12/2023

The Hon. Ms Justice Marie Baker

.

31/12/2023

Professional Body Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

Maura McNally SC

Chair, The Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Seámus Clarke SC

Treasurer, The Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Seán Ó hUallacháin SC

Vice-Chair, The Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Sara Phelan SC

Denise Brett SC

Mema Byrne

Joseph O'Sullivan

Murray Johnson SC

Lewis Mooney

Aoife Farrelly

Bar Benchers Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

James O'Reilly SC

.

31/12/2022

Hugh I Mohan SC

.

31/12/2022

Michael Cush SC

.

31/12/2022

Sara Moorhead SC

.

31/12/2022

Eileen Lydon SC

.

31/12/2023

John Rogers SC

.

31/12/2023

David Nolan SC

.

31/12/2023

Fergal Foley

.

31/12/2023

Finbarr Fox SC

.

31/12/2023

Jacqueline O'Brien SC

.

31/12/2023

Practising Bar Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

George Maguire

.

31/12/2022

Kate Ahern

.

31/12/2022

Micheál O'Connell SC

.

31/12/2022

Robert O'Reilly

.

31/12/2022

Patricia McCallum

.

31/12/2022

Elizabeth Donovan

.

31/12/2023

Gerard N Murphy

.

31/12/2023

Glen Gibbons

.

31/12/2023

Dermot Sheehan

.

31/12/2023

Sally O’Neill

.

31/12/2023

Non–Practising Barristers

Name

Position

Term Expires

Brian Byrne

.

31/12/2022

James Mulcahy

.

31/12/2023

Circuit Court Judge

Name

Position

Term Expires

Her Hon Judge Alice Doyle

Circuit Court Judge

31/12/2023

Attorney General

Name

Position

Term Expires

Paul Gallagher SC

AG

ex officio