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Queen's University Belfast honours former lord chief justice

Queen’s University awarded an honorary degree to former lord chief justice for Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan

NORTHERN Ireland’s former lord chief justice was yesterday awarded an honorary degree by Queen's University Belfast.

Sir Declan Morgan received a doctor of laws in recognition of his wide-ranging contribution to public service.

He was honoured at a special celebration event at the university yesterday alongside graduates from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Educated at Cambridge University and Queen’s, he was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 1976 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1993.

Sir Declan was senior Crown Counsel for Northern Ireland between 2002 and 2004, when he was appointed to the High Court.

He is the former chair of the Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland and chair of the Northern Ireland Law Commission.

Sir Declan is also a former judge in residence at Queen’s.

He said he was "delighted to receive this doctor of laws for distinction in public service from Queen’s, an institution I have a long-standing affiliation with, as a student and judge in residence".

"My working life has focused very much on public service and I have welcomed the opportunity to make an impact on society," he added.



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