Robert Carswell, Baron Carswell

Robert Douglas Carswell, Baron Carswell, PC (born 28 June 1934), is a retired Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.


The Lord Carswell

Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
12 January 2004 – 28 June 2009
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byBrian Hutton
Succeeded bySir Brian Kerr
Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
In office
1997–2004
Preceded bySir Brian Hutton
Succeeded bySir Brian Kerr
Lord Justice of Appeal
Supreme Court of Judicature
Northern Ireland
In office
1992–1997
High Court of Justice
Northern Ireland
In office
1984–1992
Senior Crown Counsel
Northern Ireland
In office
1979–1984
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
In office
1969–1971
Personal details
Born
Robert Douglas Carswell

(1934-06-28) 28 June 1934 (age 86)
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Romayne Ferris (m. 1961)
ChildrenCatherine
Patricia
Alma mater
OccupationJudge
ProfessionBarrister

Early lifeEdit

The son of Alan and Nance Carswell was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Pembroke College, Oxford, where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in classics and law in 1956. Two years later he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with a Juris Doctor.

Legal careerEdit

Carswell was Counsel to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland in the years 1969 and 1971, and Senior Crown Counsel in Northern Ireland from 1979 to 1984. In 1984, he became Judge of the High Court of Justice Northern Ireland, a post he held until 1992. He was Lord Justice of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Judicature in Northern Ireland from 1992 to 1997 and further Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2004. Lord Carswell was made a Queen's Counsel in 1971.

Carswell became a Privy Counsellor in 1993. He was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary [1] as Baron Carswell, of Killeen in the County of Down on 12 January 2004,[2][3] having been knighted in 1988. He sat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher until his retirement from the membership of the House on 29 October 2019.[4]

During 2009–2010, Lord Carswell chaired an inquiry into the roles of Jersey's Crown Officers (the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff, Attorney General and Solicitor General), presenting a report recommending reforms to the States of Jersey on 6 December 2010.

FamilyEdit

Lord Carswell married Romayne Winifred Ferris in 1961; they have two daughters.

Lady Carswell was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Belfast in 2000.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Announcement at number10.gov.uk". Archived from the original on 26 September 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ House of Lords (13 January 2004). "Announcement of his introduction at the House of Lords". minutes of proceedings. Retrieved 6 November 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "No. 57179". The London Gazette. 15 January 2004. p. 503.
  4. ^ "Lord Carswell". UK Parliament. Retrieved 29 October 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Brian Hutton
Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
1997–2004
Succeeded by
Brian Kerr