Stanley Burnton

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Sir Stanley Jeffrey Burnton (born 25 October 1942) is a British lawyer and former Lord Justice of Appeal.

Early life[edit]

Burnton was educated at Hackney Downs Grammar School. He studied jurisprudence at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and graduated from the University of Oxford 1964 with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Burnton was called to the bar (Middle Temple) in 1965 and was made a Bencher in 1991. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1982, and was a Recorder from 1994 to 2000.[2]

Burnton was appointed a High Court judge on 19 July 2000,[3] receiving the customary knighthood, and assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. He was promoted, being named a Lord Justice of Appeal on 21 April 2008.[4]

On 4 November 2015, Burnton was appointed as the Interception of Communications Commissioner.[5]


Burnton is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.[6][1]


  1. ^ a b "The Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton". St Edmund Hall. University of Oxford. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Court of Appeal—Retirement of Lord Justice Burnton" (Press release). Ministry of Justice. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "No. 55921". The London Gazette. 24 July 2000. p. 8103. 
  4. ^ "No. 58679". The London Gazette. 25 April 2008. p. 6384. 
  5. ^ "Sir Stanley Burnton appointed Interception of Communications Commissioner". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Honorary Fellows". St Edmund Hall. University of Oxford. Retrieved 5 November 2015.