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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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    Julius Caesar

    Dec. at 56 (99 BC-43 BC)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Gaius Julius Caesar (12 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman...  more

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    Alex James

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceBoscombe, United Kingdom

    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 played...  more
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    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

    Dec. at 56 (1723-1780)

    BirthplaceCity of London, London, United Kingdom

    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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    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

    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)....  more
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    BirthplaceYorkshire, United Kingdom

    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

    Dec. at 100 (1899-1999)

    BirthplaceWhitchurch, United Kingdom

    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 1938....  more
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    Tasker Watkins

    Dec. at 88 (1918-2007)

    BirthplaceNelson, United Kingdom

    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 War...  more
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    Mary Arden

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    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 on...  more
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    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....  more
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    Thomas Noon Talfourd

    Dec. at 58 (1795-1854)

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd SL (26 May 1795 – 13 March 1854) was an English judge, Radical politician and author....  more
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    Henry Cecil Leon

    Dec. at 73 (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 born...  more
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    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 Final...  more
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    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 Bench...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    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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    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....  more
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    Carl Aarvold

    Dec. at 83 (1907-1991)

    BirthplaceHartlepool, United Kingdom

    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 his...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    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 2009. Well known...  more
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    Gerald Howard

    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 on...  more
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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    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 was...  more
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    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    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 previously...  more
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    Edward Ryan

    Dec. at 81 (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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    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

    Dec. at 69 (1754-1824)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    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 Osgood...  more
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    William Brett, 1st Viscount Esher

    Dec. at 81 (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 briefly...  more