Andrew Morritt

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The Right Honourable
Sir Andrew Morritt
Chancellor of the High Court
Vice-Chancellor of the Supreme Court (2000–2005)
In office
17 July 2000 – 10 January 2013
Preceded by Lord Scott of Foscote
Succeeded by Sir Terence Etherton
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
3 October 1994 – 17 July 2000
Personal details
Born (1938-02-05)5 February 1938
Nationality British

Sir Robert Andrew Morritt CVO (born 5 February 1938), is a former British judge who served as Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales.

Eton College

Morritt was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar from Lincoln's Inn in 1962. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1977 and was Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales from 1978 to 1988. On 15 April 1988, he was appointed a Justice of the High Court,[1] receiving the customary knighthood, and assigned to the Chancery Division. He served from 1991 to 1994 as Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster,[2] the judge responsible for Chancery Division business in the North and North East of England. On 3 October 1994, he was promoted to the Court of Appeal,[3] and received the customary appointment to the Privy Council.

He was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Supreme Court (in effect the head of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice as the Lord Chancellor was merely the titular head of the division) on 17 July 2000.[4] On 1 October 2005, his titled changed to Chancellor of the High Court under the provisions of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005,[5] and he became head of the division in truth on 3 April 2006.[6] Morritt retired as Chancellor of the High Court on 10 January 2013.[7]

Morritt was Treasurer of Lincoln's Inn in 2005. His family seat is Rokeby Park in County Durham.


  1. ^ "No. 51313". The London Gazette. 21 April 1988. p. 4729. 
  2. ^ "Sir Andrew Morritt CVO". Judiciary of England and Wales. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "No. 53811". The London Gazette. 6 October 1994. p. 14001. 
  4. ^ "No. 55920". The London Gazette. 21 July 2000. p. 8033. 
  5. ^ Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2005, SI 2005/2505 art 2.
  6. ^ Constitutional Reform Act (Commencement No. 5 Order) 2006, SI 2006/1014 sch 1.
  7. ^ (20 December 2012). "Appointment of Chancellor of High Court" (Press release). Judiciary of England and Wales. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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