Christopher Pitchford

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The Right Honourable
Lord Justice Pitchford
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In procession at Llandaff Cathedral in 2013
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
12 January 2010 – 29 March 2017
Preceded by Sir Scott Baker
Personal details
Born (1947-03-28) 28 March 1947 (age 70)

Sir Christopher John Pitchford (born 28 March 1947)[1] is a retired senior British judge, who served as a Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales.

Pitchford was educated at Queen's College, Taunton and studied Law at Queen Mary, University of London and was called to the Bar in 1969, becoming a Bencher of Middle Temple in 1996. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1987 and appointed a Deputy High Court judge in 1996. Pitchford was appointed a full judge of that court on 28 September 2000 and received the customary knighthood. He served as Presiding Judge of the Wales and Chester Circuit from 2002–05. On 12 January 2010, Pitchford became a Lord Justice of Appeal, and was subsequently appointed to the Privy Council.[2]

He was appointed chair of the Undercover Policing Inquiry, which was announced by Theresa May, the Home Secretary on 12 March 2015.[3]

See also[edit]

List of Lords Justices of Appeal


  1. ^ Senior Judiciary List
  2. ^ Lord Justice of Appeal Appointment
  3. ^ "Home". Undercover Policing Inquiry. Undercover Policing Inquiry. Retrieved 31 March 2016.