Igor Judge, Baron Judge PC
(born 19 May 1941) is a Maltese
-born English judge and has been Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
, the head of the English judiciary, since October 2008. He had previously been President of the Queen's Bench Division
, at the time a newly created post assuming responsibilities transferred from the office of Lord Chief Justice.
Judge was born in Malta
to Raymond and Rosa Judge
(née Micallef). Judge was educated at St Edward's College, Cottonera
, in Malta, from 1947 to 1954 and The Oratory School
from 1954 to 1959, where he was Captain of School and Captain of Cricket. He was awarded an Open Exhibition to study History and Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge
in 1959, and he graduated B.A.
in 1962. While at Cambridge he had become a member of Middle Temple
, and he was called to the bar in 1963.
He became a Recorder
in 1976 and Queen's Counsel
in 1979. From 1980 to 1986, he served on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales
. In 1987, he was elected head of the Crown Court
Midland Circuit, and he was appointed to the Queen's Bench Division
of the High Court of Justice
in 1988 and awarded the customary knighthood
. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal
, a... Read More