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Tuesday 18 April 2000

Senior Judicial Appointments

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Senior Judicial Appointments


THE SENIOR LORD OF APPEAL IN ORDINARY
A LORD OF APPEAL IN ORDINARY
THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
THE MASTER OF THE ROLLS
THE VICE-CHANCELLOR


The Queen has been pleased to approve that the Right Honourable The Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, be appointed the senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, in succession to the Right Honourable The Lord Browne-Wilkinson who will be retiring on 6th June 2000 and that the Right Honourable The Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, be appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, in succession to the Right Honourable The Lord Bingham of Cornhill.

The Right Honourable The Lord Bingham of Cornhill and the Right Honourable The Lord Woolf will take up their appointments on 6th June 2000.

The Queen has also been pleased to approve that the Right Honourable The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, be appointed Master of the Rolls in succession to the Right Honourable The Lord Woolf and that the Right Honourable Sir Richard Scott, Vice-Chancellor, be appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, in succession to the Right Honourable The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.

The Right Honourable The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers and the Right Honourable Sir Richard Scott will take up their new appointments on 1st October.

The Queen has also been pleased to approve that the Right Honourable Sir Andrew Morritt CVO, a Lord Justice of Appeal, be appointed Vice-Chancellor in the place of the Right Honourable Sir Richard Scott. The Right Honourable Sir Andrew Morritt will take up his new appointment on 1st October.

The Lord Chancellor has made a separate announcement today about the appointments of the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), and the Head and Deputy head of Civil Justice.

18th April 2000

Notes for Editors

Lord Bingham of Cornhill (born 13th October 1933) had been Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales since 1996. He was appointed to the High Court Bench (Queen’s Bench Division) in 1980; a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986; and Master of the Rolls in 1992.

Lord Woolf (born 2 May 1933) has been Master of the Rolls since 1996. He was appointed to the High Court Bench (Queen’s Bench Division) in 1979; a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986; a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1992; and Master of the Rolls in 1996.

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers (born 21 January 1938) has been a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary since 1999. He was appointed to the High Court Bench (Queen’s Bench Division) in 1987 and a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1995.

Sir Richard Scott (born 2 October 1934) has been Vice-Chancellor since 1994. He was appointed to the High Court Bench (Chancery Division) and in 1983 and a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1991.

Lord Justice Morritt (born 5 February 1938) has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 1994. He was appointed to the High Court Bench (Chancery Division) in 1988.

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