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Speech by Lord Justice Fulford for NPCC: National Criminal Justice Performance Conference

Introduction

I would like to spend a moment sharing some initial views on my first 2 months as the Senior Presiding Judge (SPJ). Having been the Deputy for a year before taking over at the stroke of midnight on 1 January, I unsurprisingly had at least some slight insight into the role I was to inherit. But nothing could really have prepared me for what was waiting, and most particularly the sheer number of boards and meetings I have to attend. The extent of them and their variety are eye-watering – something in the region of 86 separate and regular commitments.  Many repeat on a monthly basis, and they cover a large portfolio of at least 24 different areas …

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