§ MR. CONDON (Tipperary E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, who, outside the Members of the Bench, claim or have a right to appoint junior or other clerks to positions in the High Courts in Ireland; whether such claim or right, outside the patronage which the judges exercise in their respective courts, has any authority; and to what offices is judicial patronage limited.
I have referred this Question to the Lord Chancellor, who has furnished me with the following reply:" All appointments to junior clerkships in the High Courts in Ireland are made by open competition except in cases in which existing rights of patronage have been 1427 preserved by statute to certain judges. There are, however, certain clerks employed in the Central Office under the Local Registration of Title (Ireland) Act, who are not on the permanent official staff of the High Court, and pending the consideration of the requirements of that office and the status of the clerkships, the employment of these clerks is regulated by the registrar of title."
§ MR. MACVEAGH (Down, S.)
How many clerks have first been temporarily appointed and then forced on the permanent staff?