Appointment of Deputy Senior Presiding Judge

The Lord Chief Justice, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Lady Justice Thirlwall as Deputy Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales, with immediate effect. She will then become the Senior Presiding Judge from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. 

The role of Senior Presiding Judge (SPJ) is a wide-ranging one.  As well as being a Board member of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the SPJ oversees the work of Presiding Judges on each Circuit in England and Wales. This entails overall responsibility for the deployment of judges and allocation of work in the courts, dealing with personnel issues for judges below High Court level, liaison with magistrates and acting as a general point of contact and communication between the judiciary, the courts and Government departments.   The Deputy SPJ will support the SPJ in this work in addition to undertaking specific responsibilities in relation to reform.

Notes for Editors

Lady Justice (Kathryn) Thirlwall (59) (DoB: 21-Nov-57) was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1982 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999; an Assistant Recorder, 1998 – 2000; a Recorder, 2000 – 2010. She was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, in April 2010, and was a Presiding Judge on the Midland Circuit from 2012 to 2015. She was appointed as a Member of the Special Immigration Appeal Commission in 2013. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in February 2017.

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