Sir John Fitzjames (c. 1465/70 – c. 1542) was Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench from 1526 until 1539.
When in July 1535 the King's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, wanted to halt the export of coin he decided to consult Fitzjames on whether a proclamation could be used for this. Cromwell asked him what the King could do if "there wer no law nor statute made alreadye for any suche purpose", to which Fitzjames replied that a proclamation was "of as good effecte as any law made by parlyament or otherwyse". Cromwell was "veray gladde to here" Fitzjames' answer.
When the Reformation Parliament was prorogued in 1536 Fitzjames was rewarded £40 by the King.
- Merriman, RB (1902). The Life and Letters of Thomas Cromwell: Volume II II. Oxford University Press. p. 409.
- Stanford E. Lehmberg, The Reformation Parliament, 1529-1536 (Cambridge University Press, 1970).
- Merriman, RB (1902). The Life and Letters of Thomas Cromwell: Volume I I. Oxford University Press.
|Attorney General for England and Wales
1518 – 1522
|Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench
1526 – 1539