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Latest judicial appointments to see new Master of the Rolls, Senior President of Tribunals and eight Justices of Appeal

A series of judicial appointments have been announced that will see a new Master of the Rolls, a new Senior President of Tribunals, and eight Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal.

Sir Geoffrey Vos is to take over as the Master of the Rolls from 11 January 2021, following the retirement of Sir Terence Etherton.

The Master of the Rolls is the second most senior judge in England and Wales after the Lord Chief Justice. As President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division the Master of the Rolls is responsible for the deployment and organisation of the work of the judges of the division as well as presiding in its courts, often hearing the most complex cases across the full range of civil, family and tribunal matters.

The Master of the Rolls is Head of Civil Justice, and as such is Chair of the Civil Justice Council and Civil Procedure Rule Committee, with responsibility for the development and oversight of the wider civil justice system.

Lord Justice Lindblom will become the Senior President of Tribunals from 19 September 2020, following the retirement of Sir Ernest Ryder.

The Senior President of Tribunals is the independent head of the unified tribunals system and the Employment Tribunals (both England and Wales and Scotland) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

The new justices of appeal meanwhile are:

  • Mrs Justice Andrews
  • Mr Justice Birss
  • Mr Justice Edis
  • Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing
  • Mr Justice Lewis
  • Mr Justice Nugee
  • Mr Justice Stuart-Smith
  • Mr Justice Warby.

These appointments will fill forthcoming vacancies in the Court of Appeal arising from autumn 2020.

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