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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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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 56 (99 BC-43 BC)
Gaius Julius Caesar (; Latin pronunciation: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs ˈjuː.li.ʊs ˈkae̯.sar]; 12 or 13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC), known by his nomen and cognomen Julius Caesar, was a populist Roman ...more
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Alex James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 50
Steven Alexander James, FRSA (born 21 November 1968) is an English musician and songwriter, as well as a journalist and cheesemaker. Best known as the bassist of the band Blur, he has also ...more
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Adrian Fulford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 66
Sir Adrian Bruce Fulford (born 8 January 1953), styled The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Fulford, is a Lord Justice of Appeal and as of 3 March 2017 holds the position of Investigatory Powers ...more
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William Blackstone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 57 (1723-1780)
Sir William Blackstone (10 July 1723 – 14 February 1780) was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of ...more
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Donald Nicholls, Baron Nicholl... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 86
Donald James Nicholls, Baron Nicholls of Birkenhead, PC (born 25 January 1933), is a British lawyer and retired Law Lord (Lord of Appeal in Ordinary).
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Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 74
Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, , known as Lady Hale (born 31 January 1945) is a British judge and the current President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. In 2004, she ...more
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Tom Denning, Baron Denning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 100 (1899-1999)
Alfred Thompson “Tom” Denning, Baron Denning, (23 January 1899 – 5 March 1999) was an English lawyer and judge. He was called to the bar in 1923 as a barrister, and became a King's Counsel in ...more
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Tasker Watkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)
Major Sir Tasker Watkins (18 November 1918 – 9 September 2007) was a Lord Justice of Appeal and deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. In World ...more
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Mary Arden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 72
Mary Howarth Arden, Lady Arden of Heswall, (born 23 January 1947), is an English judge. She currently serves as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Before that, she was a judge ...more
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Richard Webster, 1st Viscount ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 73 (1842-1915)
Richard Everard Webster, 1st Viscount Alverstone, (22 December 1842 – 15 December 1915) was a British barrister, politician and judge who served in many high political and judicial offices.
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Thomas Noon Talfourd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 59 (1795-1854)
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd SL (26 May 1795 – 13 March 1854) was an English judge, Radical politician and author.
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Henry Cecil Leon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 74 (1902-1976)
Henry Cecil Leon (19 September 1902 – 23 May 1976), who wrote under the pen-names Henry Cecil and Clifford Maxwell, was a judge and a writer of fiction about the British legal system. He was ...more
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Lawrence Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 77
Lawrence Antony Collins, Baron Collins of Mapesbury, (born 7 May 1941), is a British judge and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was also appointed to the Court of ...more
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Ann Ebsworth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 65 (1937-2002)
Dame Ann Marian Ebsworth, DBE (19 May 1937 – 4 April 2002) was an English barrister and judge. In 1992, she became the sixth female High Court judge, and the first to be assigned to the Queen's ...more
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Gordon Slynn, Baron Slynn of H... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)
Gordon Slynn, Baron Slynn of Hadley (17 February 1930 – 7 April 2009) was a British jurist specialising in European and International Law, and a former judge of the European Court of Justice and ...more
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Gerald Thesiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 79 (1902-1981)
The Hon. Sir Gerald Alfred Thesiger MBE (25 December 1902 – 16 April 1981) was a judge of the High Court of England and Wales of the Queen's Bench Division between 1958 and 1978.
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Carl Aarvold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 84 (1907-1991)
Sir Carl Douglas Aarvold, OBE, TD (7 June 1907 – 17 March 1991), was an English barrister who became Recorder of London. Among other cases, he presided at the 1965 trial of the Kray twins. In ...more
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Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffma... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 84
Leonard Hubert "Lennie" Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann, PC, GBS (born 8 May 1934) is a retired senior South African-British judge. He served as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1995 to ...more
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Gerald Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 77 (1896-1973)
Sir Stephen Gerald Howard (7 June 1896 – 25 June 1973) was a British farmer, barrister and judge who was an active National Liberal and later Conservative Party politician. He had a junior role ...more
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Rosalyn Higgins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 81
Rosalyn C. Higgins, Baroness Higgins, (born 2 June 1937, London) is a British former President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She was the first female judge elected to the ICJ, and ...more
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Brian Gill, Lord Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 77
Brian Gill, Lord Gill, (born 25 February 1942) is a retired Scottish judge and a legal academic. He served as Lord President and Lord Justice General from June 2012 until May 2015. Gill ...more
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Edward Ryan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 82 (1793-1875)
Edward Ryan is the name of: Edward John Francis Ryan (1890–1941), World War I Victoria Cross recipient Edward George Ryan (1810–1880), Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Edward Ryan (barrister) ...more
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Andrew Longmore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 74
Sir Andrew Centlivres Longmore (born 25 August 1944), styled The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Longmore, is a British lawyer and judge. Educated at Winchester College and Lincoln College, Oxford, he was ...more
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William Osgoode is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 70 (1754-1824)
William Osgoode (March 1754 – January 17, 1824) was the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada (now known as Ontario, Canada). He was born William Osgood in London, England, in 1754 to William ...more
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William Brett, 1st Viscount Es... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 82 (1817-1899)
William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher, PC (13 August 1815 – 24 May 1899), known as Sir William Brett between 1868 and 1883, was a British lawyer, judge, and Conservative politician. He was ...more