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New Chief Justice takes up office

Sir Igor Judge
Sir Igor Judge has become the new Lord Chief Justice

Sir Igor Judge has been sworn in as the new Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales at the Royal Courts of Justice.

The 67-year-old will now be known as Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice.

The ceremony in London was attended by Justice Secretary Jack Straw in his role as Lord Chancellor, as well as senior judges and lawyers.

Lord Judge takes over from Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, who is moving to the House of Lords, the UK's highest court.

Lord Judge was called to the Bar in 1963, becoming a QC in 1979. He was appointed a High Court judge in 1988 and became a Court of Appeal judge in 1996.

He later rose to be President of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court and Head of Criminal Justice.


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