Modernising judge named new deputy head of civil justice

Briggs: joined the Court of Appeal in 2013

Briggs: joined the Court of Appeal in 2013

The judge who led the Chancery modernisation review is to take over as deputy head of civil justice on 1 January next year.

Lord Justice Michael Briggs will succeed Lord Justice Stephen Richards when his three-year term comes to an end.

His appointment was made by the Lord Chief Justice after consultation with the Lord Chancellor, is a statutory one under section 62 of the Courts Act 2003.

Sir Michael, who is 60, was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1978. He was junior counsel to the Crown Chancery from 1988 to 1994, and appointed as a QC in 1994 as well. From 1999 to 2000 he was chairman of the Bar Council’s law reform committee. He was made a bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2001.

Later in 2001 he was appointed as the Attorney General to the Duchy of Lancaster, a position he held until 2006. A deputy High Court judge in 2001, he became a High Court judge, allocated to the Chancery Division, in 2006 and was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in April 2013.

Sir Michael was a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee between 2006 and 2009, and has been the Personal Support Unit liaison judge since 2013.

The deputy head of civil justice plays a leading role on the rule committee, and assists the Master of the Rolls generally in relation to the delivery of civil justice in England and Wales.

Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, said: “I am delighted with this appointment, and look forward to working closely with Michael Briggs. His term of office will coincide with an important period for civil justice, including modernisation of the courts.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Stephen Richards for the outstanding work he has done in this role to date and we will continue to work closely together until his appointment comes to a close.”

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