Roy Ashland (born 1922) is an American jurist who served fo thirty years on the Supreme Court of the United States, twelve of them, from 1992 to 2004, as Chief Justice.

He was played by Irish actor Milo O'Shea.

Biographical information

Ashland was originally appointed to the Supreme Court as an Associate Judge in 1972, and was elevated to Chief Justice by President Owen Lassiter in 1992.

He was a very liberal judge, and known for his extensive debates with Justice Brady. Though suffering from health problems, he refused to give up his seat on the court for several years, fearing that President Josiah Bartlet would not nominate a worthy successor. However, when Evelyn Baker Lang had a chance of being confirmed as long as another free seat on the court was given to conservative Christopher Mulready, Ashland agreed to step down and pave the way for Lang's nomination.[1]


  1. Episode 5x17 "The Supremes"
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