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Famous Judges from England

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List of notable or famous judges from England, with bios and photos, including the top judges born in England and even some popular judges who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English judges then this list is the perfect resource for you. These judges are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known judge from England is included when available.

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This historic judges from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English judges of note?" and "Who are the most famous judges from England?" These prominent judges of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English judges.

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  • 26
    Dec. at 86 (1793-1880)

    NationalityEngland

    Sir William Erle PC QC FRS (1 October 1793 – 28 January 1880) was an English lawyer, judge and Whig politician....  more
  • 27

    BirthplaceWakefield, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Daniel Cresswell D.D. (1776 – 21 Mar 1844),was a British clergyman and mathematician. He was son of Daniel Cresswell, a native of Crowden-le-Booth, in Edale, Derbyshire, who lived for many years at...  more
  • 28
    Dec. at 57 (1900-1958)

    BirthplaceMickleham, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (4 September 1900 – 25 August 1958) was an English judge and crime writer under the pseudonym Cyril Hare....  more
  • 29
    Dec. at 96 (1910-2006)

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Robert Edgar Megarry, FBA (1 June 1910 – 11 October 2006) was an eminent British lawyer and judge. Originally a solicitor, he requalified as a barrister and also pursued a parallel career as a...  more
  • 30
    Dec. at 68 (1794-1863)

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Cresswell Cresswell, PC (20 August 1794 – 29 July 1863), born Cresswell Easterby, was an English lawyer, judge and Tory politician. As a judge in the newly created divorce court, Cresswell did...  more
  • 31
    Dec. at 78 (1781-1859)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityAustralia, England

    Sir John Wylde (or Wilde; 11 May 1781 – 13 December 1859) was Chief Justice of the Cape Colony, Cape of Good Hope and a judge of the Supreme Court of the colony of New South Wales born at Warwick...  more
  • 32

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Jocelyn Edward Salis Simon, Baron Simon of Glaisdale, (15 January 1911 – 7 May 2006) was a Law Lord in the United Kingdom, having been, by turns, a barrister, a commissioned officer in the British...  more
  • 33

    BirthplaceScotland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir William James Lynton Blair (born 31 March 1950) is a retired British judge. He was previously a Queen's Counsel, specialising in domestic and international banking and finance law. He is the...  more
  • 34
    Dec. at 72 (1934-2007)

    BirthplaceEngland, Manchester

    NationalityEngland

    Dame Joyanne Winifred Bracewell DBE QC FRSA (5 July 1934 – 9 January 2007) was the most senior judge of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice at the time of her death, after the President...  more
  • 35
    Dec. at 91 (1914-2005)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Dame Rose Heilbron DBE QC (19 August 1914 – 8 December 2005) was an outstanding English barrister of the post-war period in the United Kingdom. Her career included many "firsts" for a woman – she was...  more
  • 36
    Dec. at 80 (1899-1980)

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Colin Hargreaves Pearson, Baron Pearson (28 July 1899 – 31 January 1980) was a Canadian-born English barrister and judge. Rising to sit as a judge in the House of Lords, he is best remembered for...  more
  • 37

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Brian Henry Leveson is an English judge, currently the President of the Queen's Bench Division. Leveson chaired the public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press,...  more
  • 38

    BirthplaceCanterbury, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden (7 October 1762 – 4 November 1832), was a British barrister and judge who served as Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench between 1818 and 1832. Born in obscure...  more
  • 39
    Dec. at 59 (1835-1894)

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Charles Synge Christopher Bowen, Baron Bowen, (1 January 1835 – 10 April 1894) was an English judge....  more
  • 40

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    NationalityEngland

    Thomas Henry Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill (called Tom; 13 October 1933 – 11 September 2010), was an eminent British judge who was successively Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice and...  more
  • 41
    Dec. at 94 (1911-2006)

    NationalityEngland

    John Anson Brightman, Baron Brightman, PC (20 June 1911 – 6 February 2006) was a British barrister and judge who served as a law lord between 1982 and 1986....  more
  • 42

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir David Calvert-Smith, QC (born 6 April 1945), styled The Hon. Mr Justice Calvert-Smith, is a retired British judge. He was Director of Public Prosecutions of England and Wales from 1998 to 2003...  more
  • 43
    Dec. at 79 (1871-1951)

    NationalityEngland

    Robert Frederic Bayford (24 September 1871 – 5 June 1951) was an English barrister.Bayford was born in Westminster, London, the eldest son of Robert Augustus Bayford, also an eminent barrister. He...  more
  • 44
    Age: 459

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Henry Marten, also recorded as Sir Henry Martin, (1562 – 26 September 1641) was an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1625 and 1640. He served...  more
  • 45
    Dec. at 80 (1851-1932)

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Trehawke Herbert Kekewich, 1st Baronet (11 July 1851 – 10 March 1932) was an English barrister and judge. Kekewich was born at Peamore House, near Exeter, Devon, into an old Devon family. He was...  more
  • 46

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Timothy Andrew Wigram Lloyd, PC (born 30 November 1946) is a former English judge who was a member of the Court of Appeal.Lloyd was educated at Winchester College and Lincoln College, Oxford. He...  more
  • 47

    NationalityEngland

    Peter Richard Kyle Prescott QC (born 23 January 1943) is an Anglo-Argentine barrister and was a Deputy High Court Judge of England and Wales, and a specialist on the law of copyright. He was educated...  more
  • 48

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Jan Peter Singer (10 September 1944 – 22 December 2018) was a judge of the High Court of England and Wales....  more
  • 49

    BirthplaceMadeley, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton (18 November 1844 – 9 March 1921) was an English mathematician, barrister and judge. He was a Cambridge Apostle....  more
  • 50
    Dec. at 74 (1871-1946)

    BirthplaceHighgate, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Frank Douglas MacKinnon (11 February 1871 – 23 January 1946) was an English lawyer, judge and writer, the only High Court judge to be appointed during the First Labour Government....  more