President of the Family Division
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The President of the Family Division is the head of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales and Head of Family Justice. The Family Division was created in 1971 when Admiralty and contentious probate cases were removed from its predecessor, the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division.
The current President of the Family Division is Sir James Munby.
Presidents of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division
- 1 November 1875: Sir James Hannen[n 1]
- 29 January 1891: Sir Charles Butt[n 2]
- 2 June 1892: Sir Francis Jeune
- 30 January 1905: Sir Gorell Barnes
- 10 February 1909: Sir John Bigham
- 9 March 1910: Sir Samuel Evans
- 18 October 1918: Sir William Pickford (The Lord Sterndale from November 1918)
- 31 October 1919: Sir Henry Duke (The Lord Merrivale from 1925)
- 2 October 1933: Sir Boyd Merriman (The Lord Merriman from 1941)
- 8 February 1962: Sir Jocelyn Simon (The Lord Simon of Glaisdale from February 1971)
- 20 April 1971: Sir George Baker (President of the Family Division after the relevant provisions of the Administration of Justice Act 1970 came into force on 1 October 1971)
Presidents of the Family Division
- 1 October 1971: Sir George Baker (President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division before the relevant provisions of the Administration of Justice Act 1970 came into force on 1 October 1971)
- 28 September 1979: Sir John Arnold
- 11 January 1988: Sir Stephen Brown
- 1 October 1999: Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss
- 7 April 2005: Sir Mark Potter
- 13 April 2010: Sir Nicholas Wall (Retired 1 December 2012)
- 11 January 2013: Sir James Munby
Upon an intestate death, the property of the deceased legally vests in the President of the Family Division until such a time that the Probate Registry confers a grant of administrationgrant of administration to the deceased's personal representatives. The property subsequently vests in the administrators and they have the authority to deal with the deceased's property as per the intestacy rules.
- Lord Chief Justice
- Master of the Rolls
- President of the Queen's Bench Division
- Chancellor of the High Court
- As the Judge of the Court of Probate, Hannen became the President of the Division by virtue of section 31 of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act 1873 on 1 November 1875.
- Under the Judicature Acts as then in effect, Butt, as the senior judge in the Division, automatically became President of the Division when Hannen was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary on 29 January. The law was changed by the Supreme Court of Judicature Act 1891, which made the office one appointed by the Crown.
- David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900–2000, Macmillan, 2000
- Chris Cook and Brendan Keith, British Historical Facts 1830–1900, Macmillan, 1975
- Supreme Court of Judicature (Commencement) Act 1874, s. 2.
- House of Commons Debates 27 January 1891 c. 1154.
- The London Gazette: . 30 January 1891.
- The London Gazette: . 3 June 1892.
- The London Gazette: . 3 February 1905.
- The London Gazette: . 12 February 1909.
- The London Gazette: . 11 March.
- The London Gazette: . 22 October 1918.
- The London Gazette: . 4 November 1919.
- The London Gazette: . 3 October 1933.
- The London Gazette: . 9 February 1962.
- The London Gazette: . 22 April 1971.
- The London Gazette: . 2 October 1979.
- The London Gazette: . 19 January 1988.
- The London Gazette: . 11 October 1999.
- The London Gazette: . 13 April 2005.
- The London Gazette: . 16 April 2005.
- "Retirement of the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales" (Press release). Judiciary of England and Wales. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- The London Gazette: . 15 January 2012.