Brian Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore
The Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore
|Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom|
|Assumed office |
1 October 2009
|Preceded by||Position created|
|Lord of Appeal in Ordinary|
29 June 2009 – 30 September 2009
|Preceded by||The Lord Carswell|
|Succeeded by||Position eliminated|
|Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland|
|Appointed by||Elizabeth II|
|Preceded by||Sir Robert Carswell|
|Succeeded by||Sir Declan Morgan|
|Member of the House of Lords|
Lord Temporal (Judicial Peer)
29 June 2009 – 1 October 2009
|Born||22 February 1948|
|Alma mater||Queen's University Belfast|
Supreme Court Justice Brian Francis Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore, Kt PC (born 22 February 1948), is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. He pronounces his name to rhyme with "Cur".
He was educated at St Colman's College, Newry and read law at Queen's University Belfast. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1970, and to the Bar of England and Wales at Gray's Inn in 1974. He took silk in 1983 and became a member of the King's Inns in 1990, and an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn in 1997 and the King's Inns in 2004. He served as Junior Crown Counsel (Common Law) from 1978 to 1983 and Senior Crown Counsel from 1988 to 1993.
In 1993, Brian Kerr was appointed a Judge of the High Court and knighted, and in 2004 was appointed Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, only the second Roman Catholic to hold the position, and sworn of the Privy Council.
On 29 June 2009, he was created Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore, of Tonaghmore in the County of Down, and was introduced to the House of Lords the same day. He was the last person to be appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (and therefore the last to be given a law life peerage under the 1876 Act), and on 1 October 2009 he became one of the inaugural Justices of the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was also the youngest member, at age 61. He was succeeded as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland on 3 July 2009 by Sir Declan Morgan.
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- List of Northern Ireland members of the Privy Council
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"The judgment in this case will be given by Lord Kerr", spoken in the presence of Lord Kerr by his colleague Lord Neuberger.
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Sir Robert Carswell
| Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
Sir Declan Morgan