Lord Justice Leveson, the judge who became a household name last year after being put in charge of an inquiry into media practices, has been named president of the Queen’s Bench Division (QBD).
Leveson LJ will take up the position from 1 October replacing Sir John Thomas, who succeeds Lord Justice Judge as Lord Chief Justice (16 July 2013).
His promotion will put Leveson LJ at the heart of judiciary at a time when civil judges are under increased pressure to take control of costs, particularly in defamation and media cases.
Leveson LJ will take charge of the QBD as the court welcomes a number of new judges, including the former counsel to the inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, Robert Jay QC (8 May 2013).
Currently chairman of the Sentencing Council, Leveson LJ was called to the bar in 1970 and took silk in 1986, before joining the bench in 2000 and in 2006 a Lord Justice of Appeal.
Leveson’s appointment was recommended by an independent selection panel chaired by Lord Chief Justice. The other panel members were Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court, Sir Andrew Ridgeway, lay member of the JAC, Stella Pantelides, lay member of the JAC and Dame Valerie Strachan, lay member of the JAC.
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