Frederick Morris


Frederick Reginald Morris (born 1 December 1929[1]) is a retired Irish judge who served as President of the High Court from 1998 to 2001 and a Judge of the High Court from 1990 to 2001.[2]

Frederick Morris
President of the High Court
In office
1 July 1998  24 April 2001
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMary McAleese
Preceded byDeclan Costello
Succeeded byJoseph Finnegan
Judge of the High Court
In office
1 August 1990  24 April 2001
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMary Robinson
Personal details
Born
Frederick Reginald Morris

(1929-12-01) 1 December 1929 (age 91)
Kilkenny, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
Alma mater

Born in Kilkenny in 1929, he was called to the bar in 1959 and became a senior counsel in 1973.[3] He was made a High Court judge in 1990 and appointed to the Special Criminal Court the following year.[4] He was President of the High Court from 1998 to 2001, and therefore an ex-officio member of the Supreme Court of Ireland. He was the Chairperson of the Referendum Commission in 2002 for the 25th Amendment Bill 2002.[5]

From 2002 to 2008, he was the Chairman and Sole Member of the Morris Tribunal, which investigated allegations of corrupt and dishonest policing in County Donegal.[6]

References


  1. "Morris, Hon. Frederick Reginald, (born 1 Dec. 1929), President of the High Court, Republic of Ireland, 1998–2001". Who's Who. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U28167.
  2. "Former Judges of the Supreme Court". The Supreme Court of Ireland. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  3. "Frederick Morris nominated to be next President of the High Court". The Irish Times. 20 December 1997. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Report of RefCom on Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Referendum" (PDF). Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  6. http://www.morristribunal.ie
Legal offices
Preceded by
Declan Costello
President of the High Court
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Joseph Finnegan