John Thomas (judge)
|The Right Honourable
Sir John Thomas
|President of the Queen's Bench Division|
3 October 2011
|Deputy||Dame Heather Hallett|
|Preceded by||Sir Anthony May|
|Lord Justice of Appeal|
14 July 2003 – 3 October 2011
|Born||22 October 1947|
Legal career 
Thomas was called to the Bar in 1969 (Gray's Inn). He became a Queen's Counsel in 1984 and was appointed a Recorder in 1987. On 11 January 1996, he was appointed a High Court judge, receiving the customary knighthood, and was assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, serving on the Commercial Court until his appointment to the Court of Appeal. On 14 July 2003, Thomas became a Lord Justice of Appeal and given the customary appointment to the Privy Council later that year. He served as the Senior Presiding Judge from 2003 to 2006, and President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from 2008 to 2010.
In October 2008, Thomas was appointed Vice-President of the Queen's Bench Division and Deputy Head of Criminal Justice. On 3 October 2011, he succeeded Sir Anthony May as President of the Queen's Bench Division.
Thomas is one of the Founding Members of the European Law Institute,a non-profit organisation that conducts research, makes recommendations and provides practical guidance in the field of European legal development with a goal of enhancing the European legal integration.
See also 
- "Biography of President of the Queen's Bench Division: The Right Honourable Sir John Thomas". Judiciary of England and Wales. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012.
- The London Gazette: . 17 January 1996.
- The London Gazette: . 18 July 2003.
- Rozenberg, Joshua (12 October 2012). "A Who's Hughes of the number twos". The Telegraph.
- The London Gazette: . 6 October 2011.
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