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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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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Judges from England
Julius Caesar Died 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
Alex James age 49 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
Adrian Fulford age 65 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
William Blackstone Died 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
Donald Nicholls, Baron Nicholls of Birkenhead age 85 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
Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond age 73 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
Tom Denning, Baron Denning Died 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
Tasker Watkins Died 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
Mary Arden age 71 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
Richard Webster, 1st Viscount Alverstone Died 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
Thomas Noon Talfourd Died 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
Henry Cecil Leon Died 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
Lawrence Collins age 76 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
Ann Ebsworth Died 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
Gordon Slynn, Baron Slynn of Hadley Died 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
Gerald Thesiger Died 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
Carl Aarvold Died 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
Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann age 83 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
Gerald Howard Died 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
Rosalyn Higgins age 80 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
Brian Gill, Lord Gill age 76 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
Edward Ryan Died 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
Andrew Longmore age 73 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
William Osgoode Died 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
William Brett, 1st Viscount Esher Died 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

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William Erle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Judges from England
William Erle Died at 87 (1793-1880) Sir William Erle PC QC FRS was an English lawyer, judge and Whig politician.

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Daniel Cresswell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Judges from England
Daniel Cresswell Died at 68 (1776-1844) Daniel Cresswell D.D.,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 Newton, near ...more

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Alfred Gordon Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Judges from England
Alfred Gordon Clark Died at 58 (1900-1958) Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark was an English judge and crime writer under the pseudonym "Cyril Hare".

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Robert Megarry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Judges from England
Robert Megarry Died at 96 (1910-2006) Sir Robert Edgar Megarry FBA PC was a British lawyer and judge. Originally a solicitor, he requalified as a barrister and also pursued a parallel career as a legal academic. He later became a ...more

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Cresswell Cresswell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Judges from England
Cresswell Cresswell Died at 69 (1794-1863) Sir Cresswell Cresswell PC KC, born Cresswell Easterby, was an English lawyer, judge and Tory politician. As a judge in the newly created divorce court, Cresswell did much to start the emergence ...more

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John Wylde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Judges from England
John Wylde Died at 78 (1781-1859) Sir John Wylde 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 Square, Newgate Street, London.

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Jocelyn Simon, Baron Simon of ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Judges from England
Jocelyn Simon, Baron Simon of Glaisdale Died at 95 (1911-2006) Jocelyn Edward Salis Simon, Baron Simon of Glaisdale, QC, DL, PC known as Jack Simon, was as a Law Lord in the United Kingdom, having been, by turns, a barrister, a commissioned officer in the ...more

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William J. L. Blair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Judges from England
William J. L. Blair age 68 Sir William James Lynton Blair, styled The Hon. Mr Justice Blair, is a British judge. He was previously a Queen's Counsel, specialising in domestic and international banking and finance law. His ...more

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Joyanne Bracewell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Judges from England
Joyanne Bracewell Died at 73 (1934-2007) Dame Joyanne Winifred Bracewell DBE QC FRSA was the most senior judge of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice at the time of her death, after the President of the Family Division.

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Rose Heilbron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Judges from England
Rose Heilbron Died at 91 (1914-2005) Dame Rose Heilbron DBE QC was an outstanding barrister of the post-war period in the United Kingdom. Her career included many "firsts" for a woman - she was the first woman to win a ...more

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Colin Pearson, Baron Pearson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Judges from England
Colin Pearson, Baron Pearson Died at 81 (1899-1980) Colin Hargreaves Pearson, Baron Pearson, PC, KC, CBE was a Canadian-born English barrister and judge. Rising to sit as a judge in the House of Lords, he is best remembered for his unspectacular ...more

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Brian Leveson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Judges from England
Brian Leveson age 68 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 ...more

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Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tent... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Judges from England
Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden Died at 70 (1762-1832) Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden PC SL, was a British barrister and judge who served as Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench between 1818 and 1832. Born in obscure circumstances to a barber ...more

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Charles Bowen, Baron Bowen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Judges from England
Charles Bowen, Baron Bowen Died at 59 (1835-1894) Charles Synge Christopher Bowen, Baron Bowen QC, PC was an English judge.

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Thomas Bingham, Baron Bingham ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Judges from England
Thomas Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill Died at 77 (1933-2010) Thomas Henry Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill, KG PC QC FBA, was a British judge and jurist. He served in the highest judicial offices of the United Kingdom as Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief ...more

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John Brightman, Baron Brightma... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Judges from England
John Brightman, Baron Brightman Died at 95 (1911-2006) John Anson Brightman, Baron Brightman was an English Chancery barrister and judge, ultimately of the House of Lords.

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David Calvert-Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Judges from England
David Calvert-Smith age 73 Sir David Calvert-Smith, QC, styled The Hon. Mr Justice Calvert-Smith, was Director of Public Prosecutions of England and Wales from 1998 to 2003 and then a High Court judge. Educated at Eton ...more

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R. F. Bayford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Judges from England
R. F. Bayford Died at 80 (1871-1951) Robert Frederic Bayford OBE KC was an English barrister, born in Westminster, London. Bayford was the eldest son of Robert Augustus Bayford, also an eminent barrister. He was educated at Eton ...more

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Henry Marten is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Judges from England
Henry Marten Died at 79 (1562-1641) Sir Henry Marten also recorded as Sir Henry Martin was an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1625 and 1640.

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Trehawke Kekewich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Judges from England
Trehawke Kekewich Died at 81 (1851-1932) Sir Trehawke Herbert Kekewich, 1st Baronet was an English barrister and judge. Kekewich was born at Peamore House, near Exeter, Devon, into an old Devon family. He was the son of Trehawke ...more

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Timothy Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Judges from England
Timothy Lloyd age 71 Sir Timothy Andrew Wigram Lloyd 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 was called to the bar ...more

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Peter Prescott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Judges from England
Peter Prescott age 75 Peter Richard Kyle Prescott QC is an Anglo-Argentine barrister and Deputy High Court Judge of England and Wales, and a specialist on the law of copyright. He was educated at St George's College, ...more

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Peter Singer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Judges from England
Peter Singer age 73 Sir Jan Peter Singer is a former British High Court Judge.

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John Fletcher Moulton, Baron M... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Judges from England
John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton Died at 77 (1844-1921) John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton, GBE KCB QC PC FRAS FRS was an English mathematician, barrister and judge. He was a Cambridge Apostle.

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Frank Douglas MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Judges from England
Frank Douglas MacKinnon Died at 75 (1871-1946) Sir Frank Douglas MacKinnon was an English lawyer, judge and writer, the only High Court judge to be appointed during the First Labour Government.