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Appointment of new Senior Presiding Judge

Judicial Communications Office news release

News release 22/09



The Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Lord Justice Goldring as Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, with effect from 1 January 2010.

Lord Justice (Sir John) Goldring is currently Deputy Senior Presiding Judge, and he will succeed Lord Justice Leveson, whose three year term of office comes to an end on 31 December 2009.

The role of Senior Presiding Judge (SPJ) is a wide-ranging one: as well as being a Board member of HM Courts Service, the SPJ oversees the work of Presiding Judges on each Circuit in England and Wales. This entails overall responsibility for the deployment of work in the courts, dealing with personnel issues for judges below High Court level, liaison with magistrates and providing a general point of liaison between the judiciary, the courts and Government departments.

Notes for Editors

Lord Justice Goldring was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1969. He took Silk in 1987, and was a Recorder between 1987-99. He was a Deputy Senior Judge for the Sovereign Base Areas, Cyprus between 1991-99. Lord Justice Goldring served as a Deputy High Court Judge 1996-99 and a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey 1998-99. In 1999 he was appointed as High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division, and served as Presiding Judge for the Midland Circuit 2002-05. He was appointed a Commissioner with the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2006, leaving in 2008 when he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal. He also became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge in 2008.

Lord Justice (Sir Brian) Leveson was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1970. He took Silk in 1986, and has been a Bencher since 1995. He acted as a Recorder between 1988 and 2000 and as a Deputy High Court Judge between 1998 and 2000. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, in 2000, and served as a Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit between 2002-2005. In 2005 he was appointed to the new position of Deputy Senior Presiding Judge. His appointment as Lord Justice of Appeal took effect from October 2006.



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