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Tuesday 15 November 2005

Chief Surveillance Commissioner appointment

15 November 2005

The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of the Right Honourable Sir Christopher Rose as a Surveillance Commissioner, and subsequently as Chief Surveillance Commissioner, under the terms of Section 91 of the Police Act 1997. 

Sir Christopher will be appointed a Surveillance Commissioner on 1 May 2006 and then will succeed Sir Andrew Leggatt as Chief Surveillance Commissioner on 1 July 2006.  His appointment in this role will be for three years until 30 June 2009.

Biographical Note

The Right Honourable Sir Christopher Rose (68) was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1960 and took silk in 1974.  He served as a Justice of the High Court, assigned to The Queen’s Bench Division, from 1985 to 1992.  He was Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit from 1987 to 1990.  He has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 1992, and Vice President of the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, since 1997; he will retire from these posts in April 2006.

Notes for Editors

Section 91 of the Police Act 1997 provides for the Prime Minister, after consultation with the Scottish Ministers, to appoint Surveillance Commissioners.  The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 extended their remit. 

Commissioners must be persons who hold or have held high judicial office within the meaning of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876.  Commissioners are appointed for a three year period with the possibility of re-appointment.  Their functions are in regard to surveillance operations carried out by Police and Customs officers and members of NCIS and the National Crime Squad.

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