New Chief Justice takes over at an exciting time for Supreme Court

Donal O’Donnell described as a cautious innovator and a ‘rock of common sense’

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell is appointed Chief Justice by President Michael D Higgins in at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell is appointed Chief Justice by President Michael D Higgins in at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Newly appointed Chief Justice Donal O’Donnell has taken over the helm of the Supreme Court at a time of challenge and opportunity.

These include leading the Judicial Council through the introduction of the first-ever complaints system against judges, presiding over what some observers regard as a potentially “very exciting” Supreme Court, working with the Courts Service on an ambitious modernisation programme and overseeing the gradual resumption of physical court hearings after the Covid-19 lockdowns.

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