His Honour Judge
|Judge Advocate General|
|Preceded by||James Stuart-Smith|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Blackett|
Early life and education
Rant was born on 16 April 1936 in the Romford district of Essex and was educated at the Stowe School and Selwyn College, Cambridge. He graduated from Selwyn College in 1958 and was called to the bar by Gray's Inn in 1961.
Rant started practicing general law until 1970, when he began to specialise in criminal law, he became a barrister in 1980 and by 1984 had become a circuit judge, sitting at the Old Bailey from 1986.
In 1991, he was appointed the Judge Advocate General, the first for a long time without a background or connection to the military. He made a number of reforms to the court-martial system including a centralised administration system for Army and Royal Air Force courts-martial and the introduction of judge advocates. He further reformed the system to reflect the introduction of the Human Rights Act including the creation of summary appeal courts.
Rant married in 1963 and had two daughters and two sons. He died on 25 May 2003, aged 67.
| Judge Advocate General
1991 - 2003