Igor Judge, Baron Judge, ) is an English former judge who served as the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the head of the judiciary, from 2008 to 2013. He was previously President of the Queen's Bench Division, at the time a newly created post assuming responsibilities transferred from the office of Lord Chief Justice. In 2019, he became Convenor of the Crossbench peers in the House of Lords.(born 19 May 1941
The Lord Judge
|Convenor of the Crossbench Peers|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||The Lord Hope of Craighead|
|Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales|
1 October 2008 – 30 September 2013
|Preceded by||The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd|
|President of the Queen's Bench Division|
3 October 2005 – 1 October 2008
|Deputy||Sir Anthony May|
|Preceded by||The Lord Woolf|
(as Lord Chief Justice)
|Succeeded by||Sir Anthony May|
|Deputy Chief Justice of England and Wales|
|Lord Chief Justice||The Lord Woolf|
|Preceded by||Sir Tasker Watkins[a]|
|Born||19 May 1941|
|Relations||Rosa Judge (mother)|
|Alma mater||Magdalene College, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Barrister, Jurist, Queen's Counsel, Judge, Privy Councillor, Peer of the (British) Realm, Crossbencher, Professor of Law |
|a. ^ Office vacant from 1993 to 2003. Non-statutory position.|
Early life and educationEdit
Judge was born in Malta to Raymond and Rosa Judge (née Micallef). Judge was educated at St. Edward's College, Malta, from 1947 to 1954 and The Oratory School in Woodcote in Oxfordshire from 1954 to 1959, where he was Captain of School and Captain of Cricket. He was awarded an Open Exhibition to study History and Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1959, and he graduated BA in 1962.
He was called to the bar (Middle Temple) in 1963 and became a Recorder in 1976 and Queen's Counsel in 1979. From 1980 to 1986, he served on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Council. In 1987, he was elected Leader of the Midland Circuit. On 10 October 1988, Judge was appointed a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, and awarded the customary knighthood. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, a judge of the Court of Appeal, on 4 June 1996, becoming a Privy Counsellor.
He was the Senior Presiding Judge from 1998 to 2003, when he became Deputy Chief Justice. He was not appointed as Lord Chief Justice following the retirement of Lord Woolf in 2005 despite having served as his deputy. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, then Master of the Rolls, was appointed instead.
He was appointed as the first President of the Queen's Bench Division on 3 October 2005, when that post was split from that of Lord Chief Justice. In addition to that role, Judge was appointed Head of Criminal Justice in January 2007.
Judge replaced Lord Phillips as Lord Chief Justice on 1 October 2008. The same day, he was created a life peer as Baron Judge, of Draycote in the county of Warwickshire, and he was introduced in the House of Lords five days later, where he sits as a crossbencher.
In 2007 Lord Judge was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent University, and in 2010 was made an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University as well as Kingston University. On 20 June 2012 he received an honorary doctorate from Cambridge.
Judge succeeded Lord Hope of Craighead as Convenor of the Crossbench Peers in 2019.
Judge has a son and two daughters. Helen was born in 1966 and married Timothy Noble in 1991. She gave birth to daughters Lucinda (1994) and Amelia (1996). Alastair was born in 1968 and married Kate Holcroft in 1998. Their own children are Cecilia (2005) and Benedict (2006). Emma was born in 1970.
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