Adrian Fulford

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The Right Honourable
Lord Justice Fulford
Adrian Fulford (cropped).jpg
Lord Justice of Appeal
Assumed office
10 May 2013
Nominated by David Cameron
as Prime Minister
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Judge of the International Criminal Court
In office
11 March 2003 – 11 March 2012
Nominated by Lord Irvine of Lairg
as Lord Chancellor
Appointed by Assembly of States Parties
Justice of the High Court of Justice
Assumed office
21 November 2002
Nominated by Tony Blair
as Prime Minister
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Personal details
Born Adrian Bruce Fulford
(1953-01-08) 8 January 1953 (age 62)
Alma mater University of Southampton

Sir Adrian Bruce Fulford (born 8 January 1953) is a British judge who is a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and was a member of the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2003 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

Fulford was born on 8 January 1953, and educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey and the University of Southampton. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple as a barrister in 1978, and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1994.

Judicial career[edit]

Fulford was made a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1995 (re-appointed in 2001). His appointment as a High Court judge on 21 November 2002[1] was the first for an openly homosexual QC.[2] He was appointed to the Queen's Bench Division and received the customary knighthood. Though he became a judge of the International Criminal Court in 2003, Fulford continued his work at the High Court, presiding over a number of high-profile cases. Among these were the 21 July 2005 London bombings trial,[3] the trial of terrorist plotter Saajid Badat[4] and the trial of PC Simon Harwood. Fulford's term on the ICC ended on 11 March 2012. On 11 May 2012, Fulford imposed a whole life order on David Oakes, who was convicted at the Crown Court at Chelmsford of the premeditated and sadistic murder of his former partner and daughter. Fulford also presided over the trial of Jiervon Barlett and Najed Hoque who were accused of the manslaughter of Paula Castle, a woman mugged in Greenford West London. He sentenced them to 13 years. [5][6]

Fulford was elected to serve as one of the 18 judges of the International Criminal Court in 2003 for a term of nine years, and is assigned to the Trial Division.[7] He was sworn into office on 11 March 2003.[8] He presided over the ICC's first trial, that of Thomas Lubanga,[9] and delivered the court's first guilty verdict on 14 March 2012.[10]

On 10 May 2013, Fulford was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal.[11] He was awarded an honorary LLD by the University of Southampton in 2011.[12]

In March 2014, an article in the Mail on Sunday alleged that Fulford had been a supporter of the Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1970s.[13] After these allegations, he stepped down from judging criminal cases and an official investigation by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office took place. The investigation, by Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, concluded on 18 June 2014 that the allegations against Fulford were 'without substance' and he 'was not and had never been a supporter of PIE or its aims'.[14] Following his exoneration, Fulford resumed sitting as a judge on the full range of appeals.