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Circuit Bench Retirement: Batty QC

His Honour Judge Paul Daniel Batty QC retires as a Circuit Judge with effect from 1 July 2022. Background information His Honour Judge Batty QC (69) was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1975, took Silk in 1995 and elected a Bencher in 2003. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1991, a Recorder […]


Live links – Guidance for criminal courts

A live link direction is made for those taking part in proceedings


Interview with District Judge Keith Etherington for Pride Month 2022

To reflect on this year’s Pride Month we spoke with District Judge Keith Etherington, who is based in Burnley and Manchester. In his interview he discusses the ways in which he has seen the legal community evolve over the years and his hopes for full equality in the LGBTQ+ community. How do you think the […]

Revised sentencing guidelines for burglary offences and child sexual offences come into effect on 1 July 2022

Child sexual offences Revised sentencing guidelines for child sexual offences in cases where no sexual activity takes place or the targeted child does not exist come into effect on 1 July 2022. The guidelines specify how judges and magistrates should base the sentence they impose on the intended sexual harm to a child, whether or […]


Administrative Court: Information for Court Users – June 2022

The following practical measures will remain in place until further notice, to assist the court to deal with its business as efficiently as possible. Sections A and B apply to all Administrative Court claims. Compliance with Section A is required by Practice Directions 54A and 54B. Sections C to H also apply to claims, appeals […]


Practice Guidance on Remote Observation of Hearings – New Powers

Introduction 1. From 28 June 2022, courts and tribunals will have new powers to allow reporters and other members of the public to observe hearings remotely. The purpose of this Practice Guidance is to help judicial office holders understand and apply the new law. Background and sources 2. Open justice has been a fundamental principle […]

High Court: Retirement of The Honourable Sir (Edward) James Holman

The Honourable Sir (Edward) James Holman retires from the High Court (Family Division) with effect from 28 June 2021. Background information  Sir James Holman (74) was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1971, took Silk in 1991 and was elected a Bencher in 1995. He was a Member of the Family Proceedings Rules Committee […]

Interview with District Judge John Beckley for Pride Month 2022 

In celebration of Pride Month 2022 we asked District Judge John Bailey, about the growth of LGBTQ+ representation in the judiciary and his hopes for the future.  How do you think the judiciary has changed its views towards people who identify as LGBTQ+?  I was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2015  and as […]


Employment Judge Retirement: Gall

Employment Judge Robert Gall retires with effect from 25 June 2022.  Background information  Employment Judge Gall (65) was admitted as a Solicitor in 1980. He was appointed a Fee-paid Employment Judge in 2005 and a Salaried Employment Judge in 2007.


Circuit Bench Retirement: Fletcher CBE

His Honour Judge David Robert Fletcher CBE retires as a Circuit Judge with effect from 25 June 2022. Background information His Honour Judge Fletcher CBE (65) was admitted as a Solicitor in 1981. He was appointed an Acting Stipendiary Magistrate in 1998, a District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in 2003, a Circuit Judge in 2004 and […]

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