The Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Mr Justice (John) Saunders to the Sentencing Council with effect from 12 April 2013. Mr Justice Saunders replaces Lord Justice Treacy following his elevation to the Court of Appeal. His term of appointment is three years.
Mr Justice Saunders was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1972, and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1990, and became a Senior Circuit Judge and the Recorder of Birmingham in 2004. In 2007 he was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. He was Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit from 2009–2012.