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Special Immigration Appeals Commission: Appointment of a New Chairman

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The Lord Chancellor has appointed The Honourable Mr Justice Irwin as the Chairman of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission from 1 January 2013, in succession to Mr Justice Mitting who will reach the end of his term on 31 December 2012.

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Sir Stephen (John) Irwin (59) was called to the Bar (G) in 1976. He took Silk in 1997, became a Bencher of Grays’ Inn in 2002. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2000 and was the Chairman of the Bar Council in 2004. He was appointed as a High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division in May 2006. He has sat in the Administrative Court since 2007, and in 2010 was approved to sit as a Judge by request for the Upper Tribunal, assigned to the Administrative Appeals and Asylum and Immigration Chambers. He was appointed as a member of SIAC in July 2012, having previously served as a Presiding Judge on the Northern Circuit from January 2008 to July 2012. The appointment as Chairman of SIAC is for three years from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

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