Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales

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The Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales is a member of the Court of Appeal appointed by the Lord Chief Justice to supervise the Presiding Judges for the various judicial circuits of England and Wales. At least two Presiding Judges are appointed by the Lord Chief Justice for each of six circuits to supervise the work of the local judiciary (circuit judges, district judges, recorders, and magistrates). The Senior Presiding Judge is responsible for deployment and personnel issues for all circuits and acts as a "general point of liaison" for the courts, judiciary and Government.

The post dates to the appointment in 1983 of Sir Tasker Watkins,[1] who remains the longest-serving holder of the office. The arrangement was put on a statutory footing with the enactment of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.[2][3]

List of Senior Presiding Judges[edit]

Deputy Senior Presiding Judge[edit]

Following the enactment of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, increased duties for the Senior Presiding Judge prompted the Lord Chief Justice to appoint a deputy.[12] The office has twice fallen vacant for 21 months, each time after the incumbent became Senior Presiding Judge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sir Tasker Watkins VC". The Telegraph. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ House of Lords Debates 20 February 1990 c. 237.
  3. ^ House of Lords Debates 1 March 1990 c. 876.
  4. ^ "Sir Anthony McCowan". The Telegraph. 9 July 2003. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2012. From 1991 to 1995, McCowan was Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales. 
  5. ^ "The Rt Hon Sir Robin Auld". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Richard E. Susskind, ed. (2005). "Chapter Four: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Auld, Lord Justice of Appeal, Chairman of the Criminal Courts Review (1999–2001)". The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times. London: Sweet & Maxwell, Ltd. p. 45. ISBN 0-421-91260-X. He was the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1995 to 1998. 
  7. ^ "Senior Judiciary Biographies – Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales". Judiciary of England and Wales. Archived from the original on 22 November 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Appointment of Senior Presiding Judge and new Presiding Judges" (Press release). Judicial Communications Office. 18 July 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Appointment of new Senior Presiding Judge" (Press release). Judicial Communications Office. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Appointment of new Senior Presiding Judge" (Press release). Judiciary of England and Wales. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales" (Press release). Judicial Communications Office. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Senior Judicial Appointments Announced" (Press release). Judicial Communications Office. 10 October 2008. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Appointment of Vice-President of the Queen's Bench Division and Deputy Senior Presiding Judge" (Press release). Judicial Communications Office. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012.