Who is Richard Johnson?
He was also under the terms of the Constitution of Ireland by virtue of that office an ex-officio member of the Supreme Court. In the absence of the Chief Justice, he acted as a member of the Presidential Commission.
Johnson was born in Tralee, County Kerry and studied law at University College Dublin. He qualified as a barrister at the King's Inns in 1960. He practised on the South Western Circuit until he became Senior Counsel in 1977. As a Senior Counsel he practised on the Munster Circuit and in Dublin until 1987. He was appointed to the High Court in 1987. His father was a district court judge for a number of years and his son and daughter are barristers. The Government nominated Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns on 7 October 2009.
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