The President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Sir Michael Burton, has announced that he will be retiring from the Tribunal upon the expiry of his term of office on 26 September 2018. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, commented “I am extremely grateful for all of the work Sir Michael has done for the Tribunal. Sir Michael’s contribution has been substantial, both as President and previously as Vice-President. I wish him well in his retirement”
Sir Michael was appointed Vice-President of the Tribunal when it was first created in October 2000 and he was appointed President in September 2013 following the retirement of Sir John Mummery.
Expressions of interest will be sought from judges of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales for appointment as the new President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal upon Sir Michael’s retirement. The new President will be announced in due course.