Appointment of new Deputy Head of Civil Justice

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Sir Peter Coulson will be appointed as Deputy Head of Civil Justice in succession to Sir Michael Briggs.

His appointment, is being made by the Lord Chief Justice after consultation with the Lord Chancellor. The appointment, which is a statutory one (under Section 62 of the Courts Act 2003), is for a three year term and will start from 8 March 2018.

The Lord Chief Justice is also appointing Sir Peter as Deputy Head of Civil Justice Designate, as Deputy Chair of the Civil Justice Council and as Vice Chair of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. These appointments will take effect from 2 October 2017.

The Deputy Head of Civil Justice plays a leading role on the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, and assists the Master of the Rolls generally in relation to the delivery of civil justice in England and Wales.


Sir Peter Coulson was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1982 after graduating from the University of Keele, he became a well-respected junior at the Technology and Construction Bar from 1983 onwards.

He took Silk in 2001 and he became a Recorder the same year. In 2004, he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC).

In 2008 he was appointed as High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division, and he is currently the Judge in charge of the TCC. He was a Presiding Judge of the North Eastern Circuit between 2011 and 2014.

He succeeds Sir Michael Briggs who will be appointed to the UK Supreme Court with effect from 2 October 2017.

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