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Appointment of Deputy Senior Presiding Judge

The Lord Chief Justice, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Lord Justice Haddon-Cave as Deputy Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales as from 1 January 2020. This follows the appointment of Lady Justice Thirlwall as Senior Presiding Judge on 1 January 2020 until 30 September 2021. Lord Justice Haddon-Cave will then become the Senior Presiding Judge from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2023.  

The role of Senior Presiding Judge (SPJ) is a wide-ranging one.  As well as being a Board member of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the SPJ oversees the work of Presiding Judges on each Circuit in England and Wales. This entails overall responsibility for the deployment of judges and allocation of work in the courts, dealing with personnel issues for judges below High Court level, liaison with magistrates and acting as a general point of contact and communication between the judiciary, the courts and Government departments.   The Deputy SPJ will support the SPJ in this work.

Notes for Editors

Lord Justice (Charles) Haddon-Cave was called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, in 1978 (and Hong Kong in 1980) and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999; he was made a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2003. He was appointed a Recorder in 2000. He conducted the Nimrod Inquiry from 2007 until 2009. From 2007 to 2011 he was Chair of the Advocacy Training Council of the Bar of England & Wales. He was appointed a High Court Judge in 2011 and assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. From 2012 until 2016 he was Master of Education at Gray’s Inn.  From 2013 to 2017 he was Chair of the Judicial College International.  From 2014 to 2017 he was Presiding Judge for the Midland Circuit.   In 2017 he was appointed Judge-in-Charge of the Terrorist List. He has been a member of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee since 2018. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2018.

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