First judges appointed under new system

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has made its first two High Court judge appointments under the new selection process.

Judge Alastair Norris QC, formerly of Southernhay Chambers, and Judge David George Maddison, previously of Cobden House Chambers, have been appointed to the High Court.

Judge Norris, who will take up his new role on 1 October, will join the Chancery Division. Judge Maddison will join the Queen’s Bench Division on 28 January next year.

The Lord Chancellor announced the new appointments after accepting the recommendations of the JAC under the chairmanship of Baroness Prashar.

The JAC’s new selection process was born through the new statutory framework set out in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.