High Court Appointments

16 September 2021

Judicial Office has today announced the appointment of two new High Court Judges following an open competition run by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).

His Honour Judge Stephen Eyre QC and Heather Williams QC will take up their new roles on 1 October 2021.

There will be more High Court appointments over the coming months.

You can find out more about the new appointees by reading their biographies.

Appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal

woman holding sword statue during daytime31 August 2021

The Queen has approved the appointment of one Lady Justice and two Lord Justices of Appeal.

The Lord Chancellor asked the Judicial Appointments Commission to convene a selection panel earlier this year to make recommendations in order to fill vacancies which have arisen in the Court of Appeal.

Following this exercise, the Queen approved the appointment of Mrs Justice Whipple as a Lady Justice of Appeal and Mr Justice William Davis and Mr Justice Snowden as Lord Justices of Appeal.

Read the full announcement and biographies on the judiciary website.

Judicial Appointments Commission Annual Report and accounts 2020-21

21 July 2021

The Commission’s annual report and accounts have been laid before Parliament and published today.  The report contains a range of information about the work of the Commission  from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

The number of judicial appointments made this year was 869, continuing the record volume of appointments seen last year. In these last three years we have seen the highest numbers of appointments since the Commission was established.

Read the annual report.

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