The Queen has appointed His Honour Judge Richard Leon Marks QC to be the Common Serjeant of London on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP. He will be based at the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) with effect from 9 March 2015.
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Richard Leon Marks QC, aged 61, will be known as The Common Serjeant His Honour Judge Marks QC. He was called to the Bar (G) in 1975 and took Silk in 1999. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1994, as a Fee paid Legal Member of the Restricted Patients Panel (now known as Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) in 1999 and as a Senior Circuit Judge in 2012.
The Common Serjeant of London is the second most senior permanent judge of the Central Criminal Court after the Recorder of London, acting as Deputy to that office, and sitting as a judge in the trial of criminal offences. The Common Serjeant is also one of the Law Officers of the City of London Corporation, and performs certain functions at the election of city officers. At the Central Criminal Court the Common Serjeant acts as the Deputy Resident Judge and shares with the Recorder of London the administrative responsibilities of a Resident Judge.