Following consultation with the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has appointed Lady Justice Rafferty DBE Chairman of the Board of the Judicial College. Her three year term will commence on 1 August 2014. She will continue to sit in the Court of Appeal. She takes over from Lady Justice Hallett DBE who was appointed as the Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in November 2013.
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The Right Honourable Lady Justice (Dame Anne Judith) Rafferty (63) was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1973, and became Queen’s Counsel in 1990. She was appointed a Recorder in 1991, a Deputy High Court Judge in 1996, and was made a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 1998. She was appointed to the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2000 and was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit between 2003 and 2006. She was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2011.
The Judicial College came into being on 1 April 2011 (it was formerly known as the Judicial Studies Board). It is responsible for the training of all 36,000 judicial office-holders in England and Wales, and tribunals in the UK.