Mrs Justice King brings number of female CoA judges to eight

Mrs Justice King has become the eighth female Court of Appeal (CoA) justice in the latest round of appeal court appointments.

King J has been elevated to the CoA alongside Mr Justice Sales, Mr Justice Bean and Mr Justice Burnett. The quartet replace Lord Justices Moses, Rimer, Goldring and Kay, who are retiring in the autumn.

The appointments come a little more than a year after Lady Justices Gloster, Macur and Sharp were named to the CoA, joining Lady Justices Arden, Hallett, Black and Rafferty on the appellate bench (28 April 2013). King J’s elevation means that women now represent one in five of CoA judges.

King J was appointed as a High Court judge in the Family Division in 2008. Burnett J and Bean J are both currently judges in the Queen’s Bench division of the High Court, having been appointed in 2008 and 2004 respectively.

Sales J was appointed as a judge in the Chancery Division in 2008.

CoA appointments are made by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, following the recommendation of an independent selection panel. The panel was chaired by Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge and included the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, Judicial Appointments Commission chair Christopher Stephens, and lay commissioners Dame Valerie Strachan and Emily Jackson.