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Procedure for requests from practitioners for a Certificate of Good Standing from the Chief Justice of Ireland

09th June 2021

A practitioner at the Bar of Ireland who wishes to be called to the Bar of Northern Ireland or the Bar of England and Wales is required to, amongst other things, produce a Certificate of Good Standing in support of his or her application. 

As a matter of course, until 29th September 2020, the Chief Justice certified the good standing of Irish barristers making such applications based on information received from the Council of The Bar of Ireland

Following a review undertaken in respect of the reciprocal arrangements in place in other jurisdictions in relation to such requests, the Chief Justice has put in place the following procedure that will apply to all applications received by the Office of Chief Justice from practitioners, irrespective of whether they are members of the Law Library or not.

This procedure takes effect from 24th March 2021.

Queries in relation to this procedure can be emailed to OfficeoftheChiefJustice@courts.ie

Office of the Chief Justice
24th March 2021

 

Procedure for requests from practitioners for a Certificate of Good Standing from the Chief Justice of Ireland

  1. Practitioners requesting a Certificate of Good Standing from the Chief Justice of Ireland in order to be called to the Bar of another jurisdiction are now required to submit their application, in writing, either by post or by email. Applications submitted by email may be sent to officeofthechiefjustice@courts.ie titled ‘Application for Certificate of Good Standing’ in the subject line.
  2. The application is to be submitted in sufficient time but no later than 10 working days before the date for which the Certificate is to be provided to the applicant..
  3. An applicant who is a member of the Law Library is required to submit a Certificate of Good Standing from the Bar Council along with his or her  application. An application will not be considered until such time as this Certificate is provided to the Office of the Chief Justice.
  4. An applicant who is not, or is no longer a member of the Law Library at the date of the application, is required to submit written confirmation from the Legal Services Regulatory Authority to the effect that the applicant has not been the subject of an adverse finding(s) of professional misconduct from the period between 7th October 2019 to a date not exceeding one month from the date upon which the application is made. An application will not be considered until such time as this written confirmation from the Legal Services Regulatory Authority is provided to the Office of the Chief Justice.
  5. The applicant is responsible for ensuring compliance with the foregoing requirements and the Office of the Chief Justice bears no responsibility for any delays arising from any application submitted.

ENDS
24th March 2021