Frank Clarke (judge)

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The Hon. Mr. Justice
Frank Clarke
Judge of the Supreme Court
Assumed office
9 February 2012
Nominated by Government of Ireland
Appointed by Michael D. Higgins
Personal details
Born Frank Clarke
(1951-10-10) 10 October 1951 (age 65)
Walkinstown, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Spouse(s) Jac Hayden
Children 2
Alma mater

Frank Clarke (born 10 October 1951) is a judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland appointed on the 9 February 2012.[1]

He was educated at University College Dublin and the King's Inns and was called to the Bar in 1973 and to the Inner Bar in 1985.[1] He was Chairman of the Bar Council from 1993 to 1995. He had a practice in commercial, constitutional and family law. He was external counsel to the Laffoy inquiry on child abuse, the Ryan inquiry, and represented the Flood Tribunal in its case against Liam Lawlor.[2]

He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 2004. He was chairman of the Referendum Commission for the referendum on the Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland (Lisbon II) in 2009.[3] As a High Court judge he gave a ruling, on the Leas Cross nursing home case against RTÉ, that the public interest justified the broadcasting of material that otherwise would have been protected by the right to privacy.[2]

He was appointed to the Supreme Court in February 2012.[2] He is married to Dr. Jac Hayden, and they have a son and a daughter.[2]

Mr Justice Clarke is particularly noted for the clarity of his judgments and highly proficient style of writing.


  1. ^ a b "Appointments to the Supreme Court". 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Two new Supreme Court judges chosen". The Irish Times. 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Referendum Commission". Citizens Information. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 

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