Tuesday 19 May 2015

Catching up on judicial appointments........

Just a few judicial appointments in case you had missed them:

To replace Sales LJ in the Chan D -  Richard Snowden QC formerly of Erskine Chambers.

His Honour Judge Mackie CBE QC who used to run the London Mercantile Court has retired.  He appears to have been replaced by HHJ Waksman QC -although it is unclear whether this is permanent or indeed whether HHJ Waksman QC has left his North-Easter Mercantile Court post (where he was very popular and effective).

I note that His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC has had his term of office as Chief Coroner of England and Wales extended to 1.10.16 which is excellent as Coroners are still (in my experience) in need of a firm coordinating hand.

Eder J has retired from the QBD.  No news on his replacement which I have seen....

Rose J has been made President of the Upper Tribunal Tax and Chancery Chamber to replace Warren J.

& the old LCJ, Lord Judge has been made Chief Surveillance Commissioner to replace Rose LJ.

The role of the Commissioners is to provide oversight of the way in which all public authorities in the United Kingdom (with the exception of the Security Services) carry out covert surveillance. The covert surveillance techniques overseen by the Commissioners include property interference, directed and intrusive surveillance, the use of covert human intelligence sources and the investigation of encrypted data. These techniques are governed by Part III of the Police Act 1997 and Parts II and III of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

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