A non-statutory advisory committee will identify eligible and qualified candidates to be the next chief justice, under plans brought to Cabinet by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee.
The current chief justice, Frank Clarke, is due to retire in October 2021.
The advisory committee will consider the applicants and make recommendations to the Minister for Justice on preferred candidates.
It will comprise a senior member of the judiciary, the Attorney General and a lay member.
Procedures for inviting and assessing expressions of interest from applicants, including serving judges, will be established.
The procedures of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) do not apply to the appointment of the chief justice.