Judicial Studies Board overhauls leadership

Lord Justice Maurice Kay has been appointed the new chair of the Judicial Studies Board (JSB).

Maurice Kay LJ, 65, who was made an Appeal Court judge three years ago, takes over as head of the judicial training body at the end of July when Lord Justice Keene steps down after four years.

Maurice Kay LJ, who took silk in 1988, will take over at a time of flux for the Judicial Studies Board as Keene LJ has just kick-started a review into how judicial training could be further improved.

On Maurice Kay LJ’s appointment, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips said: “Lord Justice Maurice Kay will be an ideal replacement for Lord Justice Keene. He has extensive experience as a professor of law, a distinguished record as a judge, and has contributed to numerous legal books and journals.

“He also is familiar with judicial training having led a series of seminars in the Royal Courts of Justice for the senior judiciary and as a contributor to JSB seminars.”