The Right Honourable Sir Declan Morgan


Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

Career / Experience:

Sir Declan Morgan was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1976 and took Silk in 1993.

He was Senior Crown Counsel for Northern Ireland from 2002 until his appointment as a High Court Judge in May 2004. He was appointed to the Family Division in January 2007 and in September 2008 became one of two judges with responsibility for judicial review.

Sir Declan was appointed Chairman of the Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland in 2004. In April 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the Northern Ireland Law Commission. He will be stepping down from that position at the end of the summer.

Sir Declan Morgan became Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland on Friday 3 July 2009.

Period of Appointment and Remuneration:

The Justice (NI) Act 2002 states that the Lord Chief Justice is to be the Chairman of NIJAC. With the exception of the lay magistrate, judicial members will not receive a fee.

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