Sir Adrian Fulford was made a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1995 (re-appointed in 2001). He became a High Court judge on 21 November 2002. He was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division. Though he became a judge of the International Criminal Court in 2003, he continued his work at the High Court, presiding over a number of high-profile cases. He was elected to serve as one of the 18 judges of the International Criminal Court in 2003 for a term of nine years, and is assigned to the Trial Division. He was sworn into office on 11 March 2003.
He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal on 10 May 2013.
Lord Justice Fulford was appointed Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, with effect from 1 January 2016.