Northern Ireland’s Historic moment | Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan appointed as First Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland witnessed a truly historic moment on the appointment of Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan as the First Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

Background

Mrs Justice Keegan was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1994 and took silk in 2006. She was appointed as a High Court Judge in October 2015. During her career at the Bar, she served as Vice-Chair of the Bar Council, Chair of the Family Bar Association, Chair of the Young Bar, Chair of the Bar Charity Committee and she was a long-standing member of the Bar’s Professional Conduct Committee.

As per the BBC report,

Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan has been acting as presiding coroner for Northern Ireland. She recently heard the inquest into the killing of 10 people in an Army operation in Ballymurphy in west Belfast in 1971 and also made judiciary history in 2015 as one of two women appointed as High Court judges.

She will succeed Sir Declan Morgan who is retiring after 10 years as lord chief justice.


Image credits: The Bar of Northern Ireland

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