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.

King’s Inns 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 Michaelmas Term each year. Voting and meeting provisions are set our in the General Rules of the Society.

  • Chair of Council: Hugh I Mohan SC
  • Honorary Treasurer: Sara Moorhead SC
  • Honorary Secretary: Elizabeth Donovan BL

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. Mr Justice David Barniville

President, High Court

ex officio

The Hon. Mr Justice John Edwards

.

31/12/2023

The Hon. Ms Justice Tara Burns

.

31/12/2023

The Hon. Ms Justice Marie Baker

.

31/12/2023

The Hon. Mr Justice Paul Burns

.

31/12/2023

The Hon. Ms Justice Nuala Butler

.

31/12/2024

The Hon. Mr Justice David Keane

.

31/12/2024

The Hon. Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington

.

31/12/2024

Professional Body Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

Sara Phelan SC

Chair, The Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Seámus Clarke SC

Treasurer, The Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Denise Brett SC

Vice-Chair, The Bar of Ireland

ex officio

Mema Byrne BL

Seán Ó hUallacháin SC

Murray Johnson SC

Aoife Farrelly BL

Lewis Mooney BL

Cian Kelly BL

Darren Lehane SC

Bar Benchers Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

John Rogers SC

.

31/12/2023

David Nolan SC

.

31/12/2023

Fergal Foley BL

.

31/12/2023

Finbarr Fox SC

.

31/12/2023

Jacqueline O'Brien SC

.

31/12/2023

James O'Reilly SC

.

31/12/2024

Hugh I Mohan SC

.

31/12/2024

Sara Moorhead SC

.

31/12/2024

Shane Murphy SC

.

31/12/2024

Paul McGarry SC

.

31/12/2024

Practising Bar Panel (10 members)

Name

Position

Term Expires

Elizabeth Donovan BL

.

31/12/2023

Gerard N Murphy BL

.

31/12/2023

Glen Gibbons BL

.

31/12/2023

Dermot Sheehan BL

.

31/12/2023

Sally O’Neill BL

.

31/12/2023

George Maguire BL

.

31/12/2024

Kate Ahern BL

.

31/12/2024

Mark O'Riodan BL

.

31/12/2024

Ian Fitzharris BL

.

31/12/2024

Robert O'Reilly BL

.

31/12/2024

Non–Practising Barristers

Name

Position

Term Expires

James Mulcahy BL

.

31/12/2023

Colum Walsh BL

.

31/12/2024

Circuit Court Judge

Name

Position

Term Expires

Her Hon. Judge Alice Doyle

Circuit Court Judge

31/12/2023

Attorney General

Name

Position

Term Expires

Rossa Fanning SC

AG

ex officio