Peter Openshaw

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Sir Charles Peter Lawford Openshaw, DL (born 1947), styled The Hon. Mr Justice Openshaw, is an English judge of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division.[1]

Early life[edit]

Openshaw was educated at Harrow School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Openshaw was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1970. On 9 April 1991, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel (QC).[3]

On 16 March 1999, Openshaw was appointed a Circuit Judge.[4] He was appointed the Honorary Recorder of Preston in 1999 and served for seven years.[5]

In September 2005, he was appointed as a High Court Judge and assigned to the Queen's Bench Division.[2] In 2005, he became a member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. He is no longer on the Committee.[2][6] Between 2008 and 2012, he was a presiding judge of the North Eastern Circuit.[6]

He was made a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 2003.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Openshaw is married to Dame Caroline Swift. They were sworn in as High Court judges on the same day in October 2005.[7]

Honours[edit]

On 10 May 2000, Openshaw was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) for Lancashire.[8] In 2008, he was appointed a lay canon of Blackburn Cathedral.[9]

He was knighted upon being appointed as a high court judge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2004. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Biographies". The Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings. Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  3. ^ "No. 52502". The London Gazette. 12 April 1991. pp. 5717–5718.
  4. ^ "Crown Office". The London Gazette (55437). 23 March 1999. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Preston welcomes new Honorary Recorder". Preston City Council. 7 June 2006. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007.
  6. ^ a b c "(Charles) Peter Lawford Openshaw OPENSHAW". People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Married judges make legal history", BBC News Online, September 30, 2005. Accessed June 6, 2007.
  8. ^ "Deputy Lieutenant Commissions". The London Gazette (55846). 12 May 2000. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  9. ^ "The College of Canons". Blackburn Cathedral. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.