In Summary - Judge
The Work - Judge
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- 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.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- 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.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- 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.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Interests - Judge
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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.
Entry Requirements - Judge
Pay & Salary - Judge
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 111k - 227k
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
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.
Labour Market Updates - Judge
No shortages have been identified for this occupation.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Judge
Honorable Society of King's Inns
Public Appointments Service
Law Society of Ireland
- Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
- (01) 672 4800 ( Law School Tel No.: (01) 672 4802)
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Department of Justice and Equality
Bar Council of Ireland