12 January 2005
The Queen has approved that The Right Honourable Sir Mark Potter Kt, a Lord Justice of Appeal, be appointed President of the Family Division, in succession to The Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE.
Lord Justice (Mark) Potter (67) was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1996. He was called to the bar in 1961 and took silk in 1980. From 1988 to 1996 he was a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division and from 1991 to 1994 he was a Presiding Judge on the Northern Circuit. From 1998 to 1999 he was Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct. He has been a member of the Legal Services Advisory Panel since 2000 and a trustee of the Somerset House Trust since 1997.
Note for Editors
The Family Division of the High Court is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. As well as the President, who is a member of the Court of Appeal, it consists of eighteen High Court Judges. It deals with divorce; disputes over children, property or money; adoption, wardship and other matters involving children; and also makes judgements on behalf of those who are unable to make decisions for themselves, such as persistent vegetative state victims. The Family Division also deals with undisputed probate matters in the Probate Registry of the Family Division in London and the eleven probate registries in England and Wales.