Lord Chief Justice

Head of the Judiciary and President of the Court of England and Wales. Also the  nominal President of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal and Head of Criminal Justice. Responsible to representing the views of the Judiciary to Parliament and the Government.


The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales is the head of the judiciary and President of the Courts of England and Wales. Historically, he was the second-highest judge of the Courts of England and Wales, after the Lord Chancellor, but became the top judge as a result of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, which removed the judicial functions from the office of Lord Chancellor, altered the duties of the Lord Chief Justice and changed the relationship between the two offices. The Lord Chief Justice is also the nominal President of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal and Head of Criminal Justice, but can appoint another judge to these positions under the 2005 Act…. For the entire United Kingdom judiciary, there is a President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, though that court does not have final jurisdiction over Scottish criminal law. (Wikipedia)

The Lord Chief Justice is the Head of the Judiciary of England and Wales. They are also the President of the Courts of England and Wales and responsible for representing the views of the judiciary to Parliament and the Government. (www.parliament.uk)

The Lord Chancellor has monthly meetings with the Lord Chief Justice, as  well as less frequent but regular meetings with the President of the Supreme Court. The Lord Chief Justice also has biannual meetings with the Prime Minister….Without the right to take part in debates in the House of Lords, the Lord Chief Justice is restricted to making written representations to Parliament and speaking to select committees. Lord Judge referred to making a written representation as a “nuclear option,” but even so felt that it did not give the Lord Chief Justice “sufficient authority, in an age when the Lord Chancellor is no longer the head of the judiciary, to convey the views of the judiciary”. (House of Lords, Select Committee on the Constitution 6th Report of Session 2014–15)

Source of list below: Wikipedia

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The Lord Judge (1 October 2008 – 30 September 2013)

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The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd (1 October 2013 – 30 September 2017)


Source of the image below: The Guardian Newspaper



(1 October 2017 – incumbent)