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Thursday 4 September 2008

Appointments to Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court and Lord Justice of Appeal

Following the appointment of The Right Honourable Sir Igor Judge as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales The Queen has been pleased to approve that The Right Honourable Lord Justice Anthony May be appointed President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice with effect from 1 October 2008.

The Queen has also been pleased to approve that The Honourable Mr Justice Terence Etherton be appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal with effect from 29 September 2008, following the increase in the maximum number of judges in the Court of Appeal from 37 to 38.

Biographical Note

Right Honourable Lord Justice Anthony Tristram Kenneth May

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Anthony Tristram Kenneth May (67) was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1967 and was made a Bencher in 1985. He took Silk in 1979, and was a Recorder from 1985 until 1991.  He was appointed a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 1991 and promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1997.  Lord Justice May was Deputy Head of Civil Justice from 2000 until 2003 and has been Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court since 2002.

Lord Justice May was knighted in 1991.

Honourable Mr Justice Terence Etherton

The Honourable Mr Justice Terence Etherton (57) was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1974 and was made a Bencher in 1998. He took Silk in 1990, and was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2000. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court (Chancery Division) in 2001 and appointed Chairman of the Law Commission in 2006.

Mr Justice Etherton was knighted in 2001.

Notes for Editors

The maximum number of judges in the Court of Appeal was increased from 37 to 38 by way of the Maximum Number of Judges Order 2008, which was brought into force on 10 July 2008.

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