Gerald Butler

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This article is about the judge. For the American football player, see Gerald Butler (American football).
Not to be confused with Gerard Butler, a Scottish actor.

His Honour Gerald Norman Butler, QC (15 September 1930 – 28 February 2010) was an English judge, who was the senior judge at Southwark Crown Court. He was born in Hackney, London.


Butler was the son of Joshua Butler and Esther, née Lampel.


Ilford County High School, London School of Economics (LLB 1952), Magdalen College, Oxford (BCL 1954).


Butler was called to the bar in the Middle Temple, 1955. His career was interrupted by National Service; he was a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps, 1956-57. He became a QC in 1975. He was a Recorder of the Crown Court, 1977–82, a Circuit Judge, 1982–97, and senior judge at Southwark Crown Court, 1984-97.

After his retirement, he was invited to conduct inquiries and produce reports into:


In August 2005, he made controversial remarks that human rights laws stood in the way of attempts to crack down on terrorists, because after the terrorist attacks on London in July, Britain was no longer in a "normal" state where human rights legislation was always beneficial.[citation needed]

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He was a member of the MCC.

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