Anthony J. Hederman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Anthony James Hederman (11 August 1921 – 10 January 2014) was an Irish judge. He served as Attorney General of Ireland from 1977 to 1981.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 11 August 1921 in Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.[1] He was educated at Castleknock College, a private Roman Catholic boys' school in Dublin.[2] He went on to obtain an honours degree in legal and political science from University College Dublin.

Legal career[edit]

Hederman was called to the Bar in 1944.[3] He mainly undertook prosecutions and other State work.[1] He was Attorney General of Ireland from July 1977 to June 1981.[4] In 1981 he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland and served there until 1993. He was the sole dissenter in the X Case judgement. He was later appointed as the president of the Law Reform Commission.[5] He died in 2014. After his death the UCD Student Legal Service society named its annual moot court competition in honour of the late Mr Justice Hederman. [6]


  1. ^ a b "Mr Justice Anthony Hederman". The Times. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ O'Regan, Michael (15 January 2014). "Legal life of the late Anthony Hederman was ‘a vocation’". Irish Times. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Hand, Lise (15 January 2014). "Judge Anthony Hederman hailed as 'quiet hero' at funeral Mass". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gallery of previous Attorneys General - 1954 to 1981". Office of the Attorney General. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hederman's term extended". The Irish Times. 10 October 1997. 
  6. ^ "HEDERMAN, Justice Anthony: Death notice". The Irish Times. 12 January 2014. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Kelly
Attorney General of Ireland
Succeeded by
Peter Sutherland