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Welcome to the website of the judiciary in Northern Ireland. You will find information regarding the judiciary as well as information on the latest judgments and judicial decisions which will allow you to read what a judge has said in court when giving judgment.

Appointment of Lady Chief Justice - Terminology

Dame Siobhan Keegan was sworn in as the Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland on 2 September 2021. Press Notice - Lady Chief Justice Sworn into Office

From 2 September 2021, references in court rules and forms to ‘Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland’ should be construed as ‘Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland’. 

Also from 2 September 2021, writs issued should refer to ‘The Right Honourable Dame Siobhan Keegan, Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland’.  Any reference to a previous Lord Chief Justice in a writ issued prior to today’s date is to be construed as a reference to the Lady Chief Justice.