Appointment of new Deputy Head of Civil Justice


Lord Justice Michael Briggs will be appointed as Deputy Head of Civil Justice next year, in succession to Lord Justice Stephen Richards.

His appointment, which will take effect on 1 January 2016, was 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.

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.

Commenting on the appointment, Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, said:

“I am delighted with this appointment, and look forward to working closely with Michael Briggs. His term of office will coincide with an important period for civil justice, including modernisation of the courts.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Stephen Richards for the outstanding work he has done in this role to date and we will continue to work closely together until his appointment comes to a close.”


The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Michael Townley Featherstone Briggs (60) was called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, in 1978. In 1994 he became a QC and was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2001. He became a High Court Judge, allocated to the Chancery Division, in July 2006 and was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in April 2013. He was a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee between 2006 and 2009.


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