List of Lords Justices of Appeal

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Lords Justices of Appeal are the puisne judges of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. They serve with the ex officio members of the court:[1]

Judges of the Court of Appeal are made members of the Privy Council within months of appointment, enabling them to serve as members of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and entitling them to the style The Right Honourable. Because all members of the court are appointed to the Privy Council, that style is omitted, but new Lords Justices awaiting appointment to the Privy Council are noted.

The Senior Courts Act 1981 limits the number of Lords Justices of Appeal to 38,[1] and the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 mandates that they, along with other senior judges throughout the UK retire at 70 years of age. Judges appointed before 31 March 1995 are excepted and may wait to retire at 75.

Ex officio judges[edit]

These are the ex officio judges of the Court of Appeal excepting the qualifying justices of the Supreme Court (the judges appointed from England and Wales, including Lord Sumption); they are listed at Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom#Current Justices:

Office Judge Mandatory retirement Date of appointment Prior roles
1Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales The Lord Thomas of
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20 October 2017 1 October 2013 President of the Queen's Bench Division (3 October 2011)
Court of Appeal (14 July 2003)
Queen's Bench (11 January 1996)
2Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson 31 July 2018[n 2] 1 October 2012 Justice of the Supreme Court (12 April 2010)
Court of Appeal (11 January 2001)
Queen's Bench (30 March 1993)
3President of the Queen's Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson 22 June 2019 1 October 2013 Court of Appeal (2 October 2006)
Queen's Bench (23 October 2000)
4President of the Family Division Sir James Munby 27 July 2018 11 January 2013 Court of Appeal (12 October 2009)
Family Division (22 May 2000)
5Chancellor of the High Court Sir Terence Etherton 21 June 2021 11 January 2013 Court of Appeal (29 September 2008)
Chancery Division (11 January 2001)

List of Lords Justices[edit]

There are currently 38 Lords Justices of Appeal.[2]

Lord Justice Mandatory
retirement
Date of
appointment
High Court
appointment
High Court
division
Other roles
1 Laws, Sir JohnSir John Laws[n 2] 10 May 2020 12 January 1999 15 January 1992 Queen's Bench
2 Arden, Dame MaryDame Mary Arden[n 2] 23 January 2022 2 October 2000 30 April 1993 Chancery
3 Longmore, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Longmore[n 2] 25 August 2019 11 January 2001 25 October 1993 Queen's Bench
4 Kay, Sir MauriceSir Maurice Kay[n 2] 6 December 2017 12 January 2004 17 January 1995 Queen's Bench Vice-President of the Civil Division
5 Moore-Bick, Sir MartinSir Martin Moore-Bick 6 December 2016 7 April 2005 2 October 1995 Queen's Bench
6 Moses, Sir AlanSir Alan Moses 29 November 2015 3 October 2005 13 June 1996 Queen's Bench
7 Richards, Sir StephenSir Stephen Richards 8 December 2020 3 October 2005 1 December 1997 Queen's Bench Deputy Head of Civil Justice
8 Hallett, Dame HeatherDame Heather Hallett 16 December 2019 3 October 2005 14 April 1999 Queen's Bench Vice-President of the Criminal Division
9 Rimer, Sir ColinSir Colin Rimer[n 2] 30 January 2019 2 October 2007 3 October 1994 Chancery
10 Jackson, Sir RupertSir Rupert Jackson 7 March 2018 2 October 2008 12 January 1999 Queen's Bench
11 Goldring, Sir JohnSir John Goldring 9 November 2014 2 October 2008 3 December 1999 Queen's Bench
12 Aikens, Sir RichardSir Richard Aikens 28 August 2018 19 November 2008 6 May 1999 Queen's Bench
13 Sullivan, Sir JeremySir Jeremy Sullivan 17 September 2015 12 January 2009 1 October 1997 Queen's Bench Senior President of Tribunals
14 Elias, Sir PatrickSir Patrick Elias 28 March 2017 3 February 2009 4 May 1999 Queen's Bench
15 Patten, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Patten 7 August 2020 4 June 2009 2 October 2000 Chancery
16 Pitchford, Sir ChristopherSir Christopher Pitchford 28 March 2017 12 January 2010 28 September 2000 Queen's Bench
17 Black, Dame JillDame Jill Black 1 June 2024 15 June 2010 4 October 1999 Family
18 Tomlinson, Sir StephenSir Stephen Tomlinson 29 March 2022 9 July 2010 2 May 2000 Queen's Bench
19 Gross, Sir PeterSir Peter Gross 13 February 2022 9 July 2010 1 October 2001 Queen's Bench Senior Presiding Judge
20 Rafferty, Dame AnneDame Anne Rafferty 26 February 2020 5 July 2011 21 February 2000 Queen's Bench Chair of the Judicial College
21 McFarlane, Sir AndrewSir Andrew McFarlane 20 June 2024 28 July 2011 18 April 2005 Family
22 Davis, Sir NigelSir Nigel Davis 10 March 2021 3 October 2011 1 October 2001 Queen's Bench Vice-President of the Queen's Bench Division
23 Lewison, Sir KimSir Kim Lewison 1 May 2022 3 October 2011 29 April 2003 Chancery
24 Kitchin, Sir DavidSir David Kitchin 30 April 2025 3 October 2011 3 October 2005 Chancery
25 Lloyd Jones, Sir DavidSir David Lloyd Jones 31 July 2022 1 October 2012 3 October 2005 Queen's Bench Chairman of the Law Commission
26 Treacy, Sir ColmanSir Colman Treacy 28 July 2019 1 October 2012 1 October 2002 Queen's Bench Chairman of the Sentencing Council
27 McCombe, Sir RichardSir Richard McCombe 23 September 2022 26 October 2012 11 January 2001 Queen's Bench
28 Beatson, Sir JackSir Jack Beatson 3 November 2018 11 January 2013 29 April 2004 Queen's Bench
29 Gloster, Dame ElizabethDame Elizabeth Gloster 5 June 2019 9 April 2013 21 April 2004 Queen's Bench
30 Ryder, Sir ErnestSir Ernest Ryder 19 December 2027 9 April 2013 4 May 2004 Family
31 Underhill, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Underhill 12 May 2022 9 April 2013 20 January 2006 Queen's Bench
32 Briggs, Sir MichaelSir Michael Briggs 23 December 2024 9 April 2013 3 July 2006 Chancery
33 Floyd, Sir ChristopherSir Christopher Floyd 20 December 2021 9 April 2013 8 November 2007 Chancery
34 Fulford, Sir AdrianSir Adrian Fulford 8 January 2023 10 May 2013 21 November 2002 Queen's Bench
35 Macur, Dame JuliaDame Julia Macur 17 April 2027 31 July 2013 3 October 2005 Family
36 Clarke, Sir ChristopherSir Christopher Clarke 14 March 2017 1 October 2013 11 January 2005 Queen's Bench
37 Sharp, Dame VictoriaDame Victoria Sharp 8 February 2026 1 October 2013 13 January 2009 Queen's Bench
38 Vos, Sir GeoffreySir Geoffrey Vos 22 April 2025 1 October 2013 27 October 2009 Chancery

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ That is, Lord Mackay of Clashfern and Lord Irvine of Lairg.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appointed a senior judge before 31 March 1995, thus mandatory retirement at 75 rather than 70.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Senior Courts Act 1981, s 2. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ "List of Senior Judiciary". Judiciary of England and Wales. Retrieved 11 October 2012.