BY JACKIE KEOGH
ONE of the seven new judges appointed to the Court of Appeal is Maurice Collins from Clonakilty.
Maurice is one of the three senior counsel to be appointed Judge of the Appeal Court on Tuesday, October 8th, while the remaining four are to be elevated from the High Court.
He is the son of the late Liam Collins (a nephew of General Michael Collins) who established the legal firm of Collins Brooks & Associates in Clonakilty in 1943.
Maurice, as well as his sister, Helen – a solicitor with Wolfe & Co in Skibbereen – followed in their father’s footsteps. Maurice did his BA (Hons) in UCC and qualified as a barrister in 1989. He was admitted as a senior counsel in 2003, and was honoured as a ‘bencher’ at Kings Inns in 2017. Six of the appointments are effective immediately, but Maurice Collins will not take up his position until October 26th next when Mr Justice Michael Peart retires; and his investiture by President Higgins is not expected to take place until November.