Courts Service Board

Legal basis: Courts Service Act 1998, s. 11
Maximum Number of Positions: 18
Gender Balance Numbers: Female (10), Male (8)
Gender Balance Percentage: Female (56%), Male (44%)
Notes: The board consists of the Chief Justice; the Presidents of the Court of Appeal, High Court, Circuit Court and District Court; a judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Circuit Court and District Court; the CEO of the Courts Service; a practising barrister nominated by the Bar Council, a practising solicitor nominated by the Law Society; a member of the staff of the Courts Service elected by the members of the staff; an officer of the Minister nominated by the Minister; a person nominated by the Minister to represent consumers of the services provided by the courts; a person nominated by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions; and a person who, in the Minister's opinion, has relevant knowledge and experience in commerce, finance or administration.

Name First Appointed Reappointed Expiry Date Position type Basis of appointment
Her Honour Judge Alice Doyle 12/02/2019 09/11/2020 08/11/2023 Board Member Elected by the ordinary judges of the Circuit Court
His Honour Judge Paul Kelly 16/03/2021 Board Member Ex officio
Judge Alan Mitchell 21/09/2022 08/11/2023 Board Member Elected by the ordinary judges of the District Court
Mr. Doncha O'Sullivan 02/07/2019 08/11/2020 07/11/2023 Board Member Nominee of the Minister
Ms Angela Denning 19/09/2019 Chief Executive Officer Ex officio
Ms. Deirdre Kiely 12/07/2018 08/11/2020 07/11/2023 Board Member Nominee of the Minister
Ms. Hillary McSweeney 09/11/2017 09/11/2020 08/11/2023 Ordinary Member Elected by the staff of the Courts Service
Ms. Karen Kiernan 12/07/2018 08/11/2020 07/11/2023 Board Member Nominee of the Minister
Ms. Michele O'Boyle 19/11/2020 08/11/2023 Board Member Nominee of the President of the Law Society of Ireland
Ms. Patricia King 09/11/2017 08/11/2023 Board Member Nomination by Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Ms. Sara Phelan SC 10/10/2022 08/11/2023 Board Member Nominee of the Bar Council
The Hon. Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell 11/10/2021 Chair
The Hon. Mr. Justice David Barniville 15/07/2022 Board Member Ex -Officio
The Hon. Mr. Justice George Birmingham 28/05/2018 Board Member Ex Officio
The Hon. Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy 28/10/2019 09/11/2020 08/11/2023 Board Member Elected by the ordinary judges of the Court of Appeal
The Hon. Mr. Justice Tony O'Connor 13/11/2019 09/11/2020 08/11/2023 Board Member Elected by the ordinary judges of the High Court
The Hon. Ms. Justice Elizabeth Dunne 09/11/2020 08/11/2023 Board Member Elected by the ordinary judges of the Supreme Court
The Hon. Ms. Patricia Ryan 12/07/2019 Board Member Ex officio