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Caroline Austin

Associate Tax Lawyer

Irish Tax Institute

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  Caroline Austin
A common misconception about a career in tax is that it is just about numbers, however, tax law has a strong basis in legislation and case law. Therefore, it is really suitable for graduates from a legal background, or for qualified solicitors and barristers.

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€111k > 227 
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€111 - 227 
Related Information:
The following are the reduced salaries payable to judges appointed prior to 01.01.2012, inclusive of pension related deduction:
Chief Justice: 227,168
President of the High Court: 211,088
Judge of the Supreme Court: 198,226
President of the Circuit Court: 191,794
Judge of the High Court: 186,973
President of the District Court: 146,885
Judge of the Circuit Court: 141,892
Judge of the District Court: 123,881

The following are the salaries payable to new appointees to the bench from the 01.01.2012 inclusive of pension related deduction:
Chief Justice: 204,657
President of the High Court: 190,184
Judge of the Supreme Court: 178,608
President of the Circuit Court: 172,820
Judge of the High Court: 168,481
President of the District Court: 132,401
Judge of the Circuit Court: 127,908
Judge of the District Court: 111,698
Data Source(s):
Association of Judges of Ireland

Last Updated: February, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Occupational Category

Barristers, Judges, Solicitors & Related Professionals

Also included in this category:

Advocates; coroners; circuit and district judges; legal advisers; legal consultants; justices' clerks

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 5%
Aged over 55: 24%
Male / Female: 54 / 46%
Non-Nationals: 1%
With Third Level: 100%
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At a Glance... header image

A judge presides over law courts and makes judgements based on the evidence presented to them and the existing, relevant legislation.

The Work header image

Using a thorough knowledge of the law, and after hearing whatever evidence is available for presentation, judges deliver their conclusions in a firm and fair way.  
Their job also calls on them to make sure a jury understands the process of a case. After a case has been heard they instruct the jury on aspects of the law and their responsibility towards it.  
Their work involves consultation with other professionals such as barristers, solicitors and legal executives. During and after the consultation of a case discretion is important as a lot of the information is of a confidential nature.  
Most judges work in one type of court such as the circuit court, high court, supreme court etc.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Read documents on pleadings and motions to ascertain facts and issues.


Rule on admissibility of evidence and methods of conducting testimony.


Instruct juries on applicable laws, direct juries to deduce the facts from the evidence presented, and hear their verdicts.


Award compensation for damages to litigants in civil cases in relation to findings by juries or by the court.


Monitor proceedings to ensure that all applicable rules and procedures are followed.


Preside over hearings and listen to allegations made by plaintiffs to determine whether the evidence supports the charges.


Research legal issues and write opinions on the issues.


Write decisions on cases.


Advise attorneys, juries, litigants, and court personnel regarding conduct, issues, and proceedings.


Interpret and enforce rules of procedure or establish new rules in situations where there are no procedures already established by law.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.


Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a judge you will have to be able to cope under pressure. You must be able to confidently shoulder a great deal of responsibility. You will have to have a firm approach to decision making and be able to present your opinion in an eloquent and persuasive manner.  
You will need interpersonal skills to work with other professionals, including solicitors, judges and other court staff.

Be prepared to have your privacy restricted; for example, your telephone number must be ex-directory.

Much out-of-hours reading and preparation will be required. A judge may actually receive a significantly smaller salary than the barristers appearing before him/her. For Supreme or High Court judges, however, the holiday allowance is generous.

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