Declan Morgan

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The Right Honourable
Sir Declan Morgan
Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
Assumed office
3 July 2009
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Brian Kerr
Personal details
Born 1952 (age 64–65)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lady Adrienne Morgan
Children 3
Alma mater Cambridge University
Queen's University, Belfast
Profession Barrister
Religion Roman Catholicism

Sir Charles Declan Morgan (born 1952) is the current Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in 1952 and educated at St Columb's College in Derry; Peterhouse, Cambridge; and Queen's University, Belfast.[1] He was called to the Bar in 1976 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1993. Between 2002 and 2004, he was Senior Crown Counsel for Northern Ireland.[2] He also served for a time as Judge-In-Residence at the School of Law of Queen's University, Belfast.[3]

Judicial career[edit]

In 2004, Morgan was appointed a judge of the High Court and knighted. He became Chairman of the Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland that same year, and in 2007 was appointed Chairman of the Northern Ireland Law Commission.[4] In 2007, he was appointed to the Family Division of the Court, and in 2008 moved to hearing cases for judicial review.[2]

On 18 June 2009, it was announced that Mr Justice Morgan would succeed Sir Brian Kerr as Lord Chief Justice following the latter's appointment as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.[4] He was sworn into office on 3 July 2009.[5]

On 10 February 2010, Morgan was sworn of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

Personal life[edit]

Sir Declan is married with three children.


  1. ^ "MORGAN, Hon. Sir (Charles) Declan". Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Morgan set to become North's chief justice". The Irish Times. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Queen's University Belfast – The Honourable Mr Justice Morgan". Queen's University Belfast. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland". 10 Downing Street. 18 June 2009. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "New Lord Chief Justice appointed". UTV News. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Brian Kerr
Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
Succeeded by