The Courts Service is governed by a board consisting of a chairperson and seventeen other members.
The function of the Board is to
- consider and determine policy in relation to the Service, and
- oversee the implementation of that policy by the Chief Executive Officer.
Membership of the Board
|The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke, Chairperson||Chief Justice of Ireland|
|The Hon. Mr. George Birmingham||President of the Court of Appeal|
|The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Kelly||President of the High Court|
|The Hon. Ms. Justice Elizabeth Dunne||
Elected by the ordinary judges of the Supreme Court
|The Hon. Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy||Elected by the ordinary judges of the Court of Appeal|
|The Hon. Mr. Justice Tony O'Connor||Elected by the ordinary judges of the High Court|
|The Hon. Ms. Justice Patricia Ryan||President of the Circuit Court|
|Her Honour Judge Alice Doyle||Elected by the ordinary judges of the Circuit Court|
|His Honour Judge Colin Daly||President of the District Court|
|Judge Conal Gibbons||Elected by the judges of the District Court|
|Ms. Angela Denning||Chief Executive Officer of the Courts Service|
|Mr. Micheál O'Higgins S.C.||
Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland
|Mr. Michael Quinlan, Solicitor||President of the Law Society of Ireland|
|Mr. Damien Downey||Elected by the staff of the Service|
|Mr. Doncha O' Sullivan||an officer of the Minister, nominated by the Minister|
|Ms. Karen Kiernan||
nominated by the Minister to represent the consumers of the services provided by the courts
|Ms. Patricia King||nominated by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions|
|Ms. Deirdre Kiely||
nominated by the Minister for relevant knowledge and experience in commerce, finance or administration.
The Courts Service Board has established a number of Committees which support the Board in carrying out its functions. The following committees deal with a range of issues:
- Finance Committee
- Building Committee
- Family Law Court Development Committee
- Audit and Risk Committee
Further information on the Board and Committees is contained in the Courts Service Governance Framework Document.
The Terms of Reference of the Courts Service Board set out the structure and composition, remit, powers and authority, membership and operating procedures of the Board.
The Courts Service Board has put in place a Code of Conduct for Board members. The Code supports the Board in operating to the highest standards of integrity, accountability and transparency.
The Courts Service Board usually schedules 5 to 6 meetings each year. Additional Board meetings are arranged as required.
A note of matters considered and decisions made at Board meetings can be accessed here