The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, T.D., has decided to appoint the following non-judicial persons to the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board for a term of three years with effect from 7th June 2011;
Dr. Simon Boucher
Karen Dent, B.Comm, Dip.in Prof Acc., F.C.A.
Dr. Valerie Bresnihan
The three year term of the previous non-judicial members of the Board expired on 8 March 2011.
The Courts and Court Officers Act 1995 provides that the non-judicial members shall be persons engaged in or having knowledge or experience of commerce, finance, administration or be persons who have experience as consumers of the services provided by the courts that the Minister considers appropriate.
7th June 2011
Biographical Details for Editors:
Dr. Boucher is Registrar and Head of Graduate Studies at the Irish Management Institute. He is also an IMI Executive Learning Director, specialising in the area of leadership. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (1st Class Hons. Business Studies & Political Science) and he completed a Masters and PhD at Florence’s European University Institute.
Ms. Dent is a Chartered Accountant with a background in financial control. She has worked in University College Dublin for over twenty years, lecturing in financial accounting and management accounting on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Quinn School of Business and The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. She was the National Parents Council Post Primary representative on the Consultative Committee of the Crisis Pregnancy Agency from 2005 to 2009.
Dr. Bresnihan (PhD NUI, 1997) researched and taught in Equality Studies and the Department of Politics in UCD (1984-1999). She served on the Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee from 1996-2000. Following this, she became Chairperson and later Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust. She has carried out social research in a variety of areas over many years, particularly in penal policy.
Note to Editors:
Judicial Appointments Advisory Board.
The Judicial Appointments Advisory Board was established pursuant to the Courts and Court Officers Act, 1995. The Board is responsible for considering the suitability of individuals seeking appointment to judicial office and submitting to the Minister the names of persons it recommends as suitable for appointment.
The Board consists of:
The Chief Justice; who is Chairperson of the Board;
The President of the High Court;
The President of the Circuit Court;
The President of the District Court;
The Attorney General;
A practising barrister who is nominated by the Chairman for the time being of the Council of the Bar of Ireland;
A practising solicitor who is nominated by the President for the time being of the Law Society of Ireland; and not more than three persons appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality, which are persons engaged in or having knowledge or experience of commerce, finance, administration, or persons who have experience as consumers of the service provided by the Courts that the Minister considers appropriate.