Patrick Coghlin 


The Rt Hon Sir Patrick Coghlin PC (m. 1968), is a retired Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

He was born on 7 November 1945 and came up to Christ’s College in 1968 to read Criminology. Coghlin was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 1970; England and Wales (Gray's Inn) in 1975; and Ireland and New South Wales, Australia in 1993. He became Junior Crown Counsel in 1983, serving until 1985, when he was made a Queen's Counsel. He served as a deputy County Court judge from 1983 to 1994, and as Senior Crown Counsel for Northern Ireland 1993 to 1997. He was appointed a judge of the High Court of Justice of Northern Ireland on 7 April 1997 receiving the customary knighthood.

He was promoted to be a Lord Justice of Appeal of Northern Ireland on 5 September 2008 and also in that year, he was appointed to a five-year term as a member of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission. In consequence of his promotion, he was appointed to the Privy Council in 2009.

Sir Patrick retired in 2015.