High court judge

High court judges, as the name suggests, sit in the high court.

High Court Judges

High Court judges sit in the High Court and deal with the more complicated and difficult civil and criminal cases. They are appointed to either the Queen's Bench Division, the Family Division or the Chancery Division. They also sit with the Lord Justices to hear criminal appeals. The High Court consists of:

  • The Lord Chief Justice;

  • the President of the Queen's Bench Division;

  • the President of the Family Division;

  • the Chancellor of the High Court;

  • the Senior Presiding Judge;

  • the vice-president of the Queen’s Bench Division;

  • and the High Court judges

The High Court judges are addressed as 'the honourable', and referred to as 'Mr/Mrs Justice (Surname) '. They are sometimes referred to as puisne judges.

There are about 73 judges in the Queen's Bench Division, about 19 in the Family Division and another 18 in the Chancery Division.

High Court judges are sometimes known as “red judges” because of their bright robes, but they only wear these when dealing with criminal cases and they have a much more complicated code of dress than this!

The Lord Chancellor will make recommendations to the Queen for the appointment of High Court judges after a 'fair and open' competition which the Judicial Appointments Commission administers.

Potential High Court judges have to apply to the Judicial Appointments Commission.

High Court judges cannot be sacked, their rulings can be overturned by the Court of Appeal, but this would not lead to the High Court judge being dismissed.


All judges, when they are sworn in, must take two oaths/affirmations. The first is the oath of allegiance and the second the judicial oath; these are collectively referred to as the judicial oath.


High Court judges

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