Lord Chief Justice named in judiciary rejig

The president of the Queen’s Bench Division, Sir Igor Judge, is to take over from Lord Phillips as Lord Chief Justice from October.

The move sees Mr Justices Jackson and Goldring appointed as Lord Justices of Appeal to replace Sir Igor and Lord Justice Buxton who is set to retire in October. Mr Justice Aikens will replace Lord Justice Gage who retires on 19 November.

Lord Phillips, who has been appointed as a Law Lord, said he was delighted that Sir Judge had been appointed. “I can think of no-one better suited than Sir Igor to take on the responsibilities of the post,” said Phillips LCJ.

“His excellent leadership qualities, displayed in senior judicial posts over the past decade, will stand him, and all judges, in great stead when he takes over from me as head of the judiciary on 1 October.”

Sir Igor, the current president of the Queen’s Bench Division and head of criminal justice, added that it was an honour to succeed Lord Phillips and thanked him for his contributions over the years.

“For my own part, I have already decided to continue as head of criminal justice. Although like Lord Phillips I intend to sit across all the jurisdictions, I shall preside regularly in the Court of Appeal criminal division,” explained Sir Igor.

“This reflects my personal interest in the criminal justice system and the importance attached to it by the community at large.”