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Ministry of Justice

Forms of address

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Guidance on how to address ministers, the judiciary, peers and members of parliament verbally and in writing.

Other government departments, the devolved administrations, the judiciary, officials of both Houses of Parliament and the church have all been consulted in compiling this guidance.  If you have any queries about this guidance, please email the Crown Office.


Ministers

Guidance on how to address Ministers both verbally and in writing.

Members of Parliament

Guidance on how to address Members of Parliament both verbally and in writing.

Devolved Administrations

Guidance on how to address members of Devolved Administrations both verbally and in writing.

English Judges and the Bar: Heads of Division, Judicial Security, Lords of Appeal in Ordinary

Guidance on how to address Heads of Division, Judicial Security, Lords of Appeal in Ordinary both verbally and in writing.

English Judges and the Bar: Court of Appeal and High Court

Guidance on how to address members of the Court of Appeal and the High Court both verbally and in writing.

English Judges and the Bar: The Recorder and Common Serjeant of London, Circuit Judges, Judge Advocate General

Guidance on how to address the Recorder and Common Serjeant of London, Circuit Judges and Judge Advocate General both verbally and in writing.

English Judges and the Bar: Senior Masters, Costs Judge and Registrars, Masters and Registrars of the High Court, District Judges

Guidance on how to address Senior Masters, Cost Judge and Registrars, Masters and Registrars of the High Court, District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) and District Judges (Civil) both verbally and in writing.

English Judges and the Bar: Magistrates, Tribunal chairmen, The Bar

Guidance on how to address Magistrates, Tribunal Chairmen and members of the Bar both verbally and in writing.

Scottish Judges and the Bar

Guidance on how to address Scottish Judges and members of the Bar verbally and in writing.

Northern Ireland Judges and the Bar

Guidance on how to address Northern Ireland Judges and members of the Bar verbally and in writing.

Overseas Judges

Guidance on how to address overseas judges both verbally and in writing.

Commonwealth Judges

Guidance on how to address Commonwealth Judges both verbally and in writing.

Peers

Guidance on how to address Peers both verbally and in writing.

Baronets and Knights

Guidance on how to address Baronets and Knights both verbally and in writing.

Wives of Peers, Baronets and Knights

Guidance on how to address wives of Peers, Baronets and Knights both verbally and in writing.

Courtesy Titles

Guidance on how to address those with courtesy titles both verbally and in writing.

Clergy of the Church of England

Guidance on how to address Clergy of the Church of England both verbally and in writing.

Officers of the Armed Forces

Guidance on how to address Officers of the Armed Forces both verbally and in writing.

Lord-Lieutenants

Guidance on how to address Lord-Lieutenants both verbally and in writing.

Mayors

Guidance on how to address Mayors both verbally and in writing.

Local Authorities in Wales

Guidance on how to address members of Local Authorities in Wales

Honours and Decorations

Guidance on how to address those with honours and decorations both verbally and in writing.