High Court appoints Five new Judges, to help deal with backlog and avalanche of litigation.
Five senior counsel have been nominated by the Government to be judges of the High Court.
The move comes after legislation was passed earlier this year allowing for the number of judges sitting on the court to be increased from 37 to 42 amid warnings of volumes of new litigation , post the Covid 19 pandemic.
The barristers nominated include three women, criminal law practitioner Caroline Biggs SC, employment law specialist Marguerite Bolger SC and medical negligence lawyer Emily Egan SC.
Also nominated were environmental and planning law specialist David Holland SC and prominent defamation lawyer Cian Ferriter SC.
The five new High Court nominations will be welcomed by the judiciary but it fall short of demands made earlier this year by the president of the High Court, Ms Justice Mary Irvine.
Ms. Justice Irvine, previously requested that between 15 and 20 additional judges to deal with what she predicts will be “a tsunami” of litigation once the Covid-19 crisis eases.
Ms Justice Irvine said due to a shortage of judges, important planning cases would soon take up to a year to be heard, while the fast track Commercial Court list was “groaning” with the number of matters awaiting trial dates.
“We are in a desperate scenario. We needed 12 judges three years ago. Now we need at least 17,” she said.
Dun Laoghaire- Dublin.