High Court Appointment

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The Queen is pleased to approve the appointment of a Justice of the High Court. This appointment will take effect from 1 February 2021.  It is anticipated that further announcements will be made.

The candidate approved as a High Court Judge is Emma Louise Arbuthnot.

This appointment will fill a vacancy in the High Court following elevations to the Court of Appeal and confirmed retirements. For further information regarding the number of applicants and number of recommended candidates, please see the Judicial Appointments Commission website: https://www.judicialappointments.gov.uk/high-court-judges-2020.

Emma Louise Arbuthnot

Emma Louise Arbuthnot, aged 61, will be known as The Honourable Mrs Justice Arbuthnot. She was Called to the Bar (I) in 1986. She was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courtss) 1999, as a Recorder in 2001, as a District Judge (Magistrate’s Courts) in 2005, as the Deputy Senior District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in 2012 and as the Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) in 2016.

She will take up appointment on 1 February 2021 consequential to retirements in the High Court.

The Lord Chief Justice will assign Emma Louise Arbuthnot to the Family Division.

Read more about the new appointment through her biography here: