Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas

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The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas for Ireland was the senior judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Ireland), which was known in its early stage as the Common Bench or simply the Bench. It was one of the senior courts of common law in Ireland, and was a mirror of the Court of Common Pleas in England. Common Pleas comprised one of the "four courts" which sat in the building in Dublin still known as the Four Courts.

Four Courts

According to Elrington Ball the court was functioning by 1276, with a Chief Justice, of whom Robert Bagod was the first, and two or three associate justices.[1] The Court functioned until the passing of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act (Ireland) 1877, when it was merged into the new High Court of Justice. The last Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas, Sir Michael Morris, continued to hold the title until 1887, when he was appointed Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, at which point the earlier title became obsolete.

Chief Justices of the Irish Common Pleas[2][edit]

  • 1298 Simon de Ludgate
  • 1302 Richard de Exeter
  • 1308 William de Devenys
  • 1308 Richard de Exeter
  • 1338 John de Rees
  • 1344 Thomas de Dent
  • 1380 Henry Bray
  • 1383 William de Langham
  • 1396 John Fitzadam
  • 1420 John Blakeney
  • 1424 John Blakeney, second term
  • 1428 John Alleyn
  • 1430 John Blakeney, third term
Chief Justice Carleton

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray, London, 1926
  2. ^ The list is taken from Ball "The Judges in Ireland "