Lord Justice Richards has been appointed deputy head of civil justice, succeeding Lord Justice Moore-Bick, who has held the role for the past six years.
The appointment takes effect from 1 January 2013 and was made by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge. The term will run for three years.
Richards LJ will play a leading role on the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, working with a network of designated civil judges in England and Wales. It will mean a lead role in the Jackson Reforms (19 October 2012).
Richards LJ has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2005.
Among his high-profile cases was dismissing a challenge from the family of Jean Charles de Menezes against the CPS’s decision not to charge individual officers.
He was called to the bar by Gray’s Inn in 1975 and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1997.
The Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said: “I look forward to working closely with Stephen Richards on the many challenges and changes facing the civil justice system.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to Martin Moore-Bick for the magnificent job he’s done in this role for the past six years, with enormous command of the subjects and tremendous commitment to improving the system.”