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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 was a Roman general, statesman, Consul, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise ...more
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Alex James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 50
Steven Alexander "Alex" James 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 played with ...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 is a British judge who is a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and was a member of the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2003 to 2012.
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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 KC SL was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. Born into a ...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, is a British lawyer and retired Law Lord.
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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, DBE, QC, PC, FBA is a British legal academic, barrister, judge, and Deputy 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, OM, PC, DL, QC, commonly known as Lord Denning, was an English lawyer and judge. He gained degrees in mathematics and law at Oxford ...more
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Tasker Watkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)
Sir Tasker Watkins, VC, GBE 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 War II, he was awarded the Victoria ...more
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Mary Arden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 72
Dame Mary Howarth Mance, Lady Mance, DBE, QC, née Arden, styled The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Arden or Dame Mary Arden, is a British judge and lawyer. She currently serves as a judge on the ...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, GCMG, QC 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 was an English judge, 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, 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 born near London in 1902 and 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, PC, FBA, is a British judge and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was also appointed to the Court of Final Appeal ...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 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 Bench Division. Ebsworth'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, GBE, Kt, PC, QC was a British jurist specialising in European and International Law, and a former judge of the European Court of Justice and Lord of Appeal ...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 was a British High Court Judge 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, was an English barrister who became Recorder of London. Among other cases, he presided at the 1965 trial of the Kray twins. In his earlier days, he was also an ...more
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Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffma... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 84
Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann, PC is a retired senior British judge. He served as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1995 to 2009. Well known for his lively decisions and willingness to break ...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, KC was a British farmer, barrister and judge who was an active National Liberal and later Conservative Party politician. He had a junior role on the prosecution team ...more
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Rosalyn Higgins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 81
Dame Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC is the former President of the International Court of Justice. She was the first female judge elected to the ICJ, and was elected President in 2006. Her term of ...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 is the Lord President and Lord Justice General and Scotland's longest serving judge. Gill previously served as Lord Justice Clerk from 2001 to 2012, and was a distinguished ...more
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Edward Ryan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Judges from England
Dec. at 82 (1793-1875)
Sir Edward Ryan PC FRS was an English lawyer, judge, reformer of the British Civil Service and patron of science.
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Andrew Longmore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Judges from England
age 74
Sir Andrew Centlivres Longmore, QC, styled The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Longmore, is a British lawyer and judge. Educated at Winchester College and Lincoln College, Oxford, he was called to the Bar ...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 was the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada. He was born William Osgood in London, England, in 1754 to William Osgood. He attended Christ Church, Oxford and was called to the bar ...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, QC, known as Sir William Brett between 1868 and 1883, was a British lawyer, judge and Conservative politician. He was briefly Solicitor-General under ...more