On 16 March 1999, Openshaw was appointed a Circuit Judge. In September 2005, he was appointed as a High Court Judge and sits in the Queen's Bench Division. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a presiding judge of the North Eastern Circuit.
Openshaw Internet statements
Openshaw attracted international media attention, when he stated in open court at Woolwich Crown Court, east London on 16 May 2007, "The trouble is I don't understand the language. I don't really understand what a Web site is." Court officials later said his statement was an attempt to clarify issues for the benefit of the court, not for himself, as is the role of the judiciary.
He was knighted upon being appointed as a high court judge.
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