Swansea University has conferred an Honorary Degree on The Right Honourable the Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The LLD Honorary Degree was presented to Lord Judge today (Wednesday 10 July) during the degree ceremony for the College of Business, Economics and Law.
Lord Judge was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1963 and practised on the Midland and Oxford Circuit. He was appointed a Recorder in 1976 and took Silk in 1979. In 1988 he became Leader of his Circuit and in the same year he was appointed to the High Court Bench. He served as a High Court Judge between 1988 and 1996 and for four of those years as Presiding Judge of his old circuit.
In 1996 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal and, thereafter, in addition to the duties of that court he undertook, between 1998 and 2003, the responsibilities of being the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales and between 2003 and 2005 of Deputy Chief Justice of England and Wales. In 2005 he was appointed President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice.
He has played a significant part in the development of training for those who hold judicial office. For two periods in the 1990s he chaired the Criminal Committee of the Judicial Studies Board, the body set up to provide training and continuing education for judicial office holders.
In 2008, Lord Judge was appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. His involvement in the legal and constitutional life of Wales has greatly enhanced and benefitted the development which has become known as Legal Wales.
In June 2011 he delivered the Foundation Lecture at the Hywel Dda Research Institute of the School of Law at Swansea University.
Speaking on receiving the award, Lord Judge said: “I am very flattered to be awarded this Honorary Degree by Swansea University, which, I believe, is making a distinct contribution to the development and understanding of Legal Wales.”
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- Helen Sumner