Lord Chief Justice: Sir Ian Burnett appointed


Sir Ian Burnett has been ordained as the new Lord Chief Justice, the head of the judiciary in England and Wales.

Downing Way said Lord Justice Burnett would take over on 2 October, prosecuting the retirement of Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.

Lord Justice Burnett’s terminating case at the bar was as counsel to the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed in 1997.

The 59-year-old rooms in Essex with his wife and children.

High-profile inquiries

Lord Detention Burnett acted as junior counsel to the inquiry into the 1987 Sovereign’s Cross Fire inquiry and to the inquiry into the convictions of the Guildford Four and Maguire people.

He was leading counsel to the inquiry into the 1997 Southall rail force and into train protection systems following the 1999 Paddington failure.

The Lord Chief Justice is also president of the courts of England and Wales, putting the views of the judiciary to Parliament and the government.

The appointment is made by the Queen on the notice of the prime minister and lord chancellor following the recommendation of an independent pick panel.

Candidates were expected to be able to serve for at least four years, dedicated the need to deliver significant court reforms and to steer the judiciary finished with Brexit, Downing Street said.

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