Appointment of the Deputy Senior Presiding Judges and Senior Presiding Judges

The Lord Chief Justice, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Lord Justice Fulford as Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, with effect from 1 January 2015; he will become the Senior Presiding Judge from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.  Lady Justice Macur will take up the appointment of Deputy Senior Presiding Judge from 1 January 2016; she will become the Senior Presiding Judge from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019.

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 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 tribunals and Government departments.  It is envisaged that in broad terms for the next 5 years, the SPJ will assume primary responsibility for HMCTS and its reform programme.  The Deputy, while engagedfully with the reform programme, will be primarily responsible for performance matters relating to the efficient and effective administration of justice.

Notes for Editors

Lord Justice (Adrian) Fulford was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, 1978, Bencher, 2002.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994; a Recorder, 2001 to 02.  He was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, on 22 November 2002.  He was a Judge of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, from 2003 to 2012 (President, Trial Division, 2008 to 2012; Presiding Judge, Trial Chamber I, 2007 to 2012).   He was appointed Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit, 2010 to 2013. In May 2013 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Lady Justice (Julia) Macur was called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, 1979, Bencher, 2005; Midland and Oxford Circuit.  She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998; a Recorder, 1999 to 2005.  She was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Family Division, on 3 October 2005.  She was appointed Presiding Judge on the Midland Circuit, 2007 to 2011.  In July 2013 she was appointed to the Court of Appeal.

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