Senior Northern Irish justice figure dies

Corinne Philpott
Corinne Philpott

Corinne Philpott, a leading judge in Northern Ireland, has died.

One of Northern Ireland’s top judges has died following a long illness.

Her Honour Judge Corinne Philpott QC was 62 when she passed away on Thursday evening.

The Deputy Recorder of Belfast and the Principal Family Judge Her Honour Judge Corinne Philpott QC (62), passed away on the evening of 16 June 2016.

The Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan described his colleague – who was the first female County Court judge in Northern Ireland – as a “trailblazer”.

Sir Declan said: “Judge Philpott was a dedicated and passionate member of the judiciary in Northern Ireland.

“She was compassionate to those who came before her and had an innate sense of justice and fairness.”

The experience judge was only the second female to be appointed a QC in Northern Ireland (in 1993).

She was educated at Richmond Lodge School and Queen’s University Belfast.

News of Judge Philpott’s death was announced at Londonderry Crown Court yesterday morning.

Sir Declan added: “Her wit, hard work and dedication to the courts, justice and the most vulnerable people in society will leave a huge void.

“We will all miss her terribly.”