Sir John Thomas '70 Named Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

From the BBC:

Sir John Thomas has been confirmed as the new Lord Chief Justice, replacing Lord Judge as head of the judiciary of England and Wales.

Sir John, currently president of the Queen's Bench Division, will take over the £240,000-a-year role in October..

The 65-year-old was involved in recent high-profile cases including those of Abu Hamza and Julian Assange.

After his appointment he pledged that judges would help ensure that justice was delivered "fairly and efficiently".

As well as leading the judges of England and Wales, he will also play a key role mediating between the courts and ministers.

Sir John was born in Carmarthen and brought up in Ystradgynlais, Powys. He was called to the bar in 1969 and was knighted when he became a High Court judge in 1996.

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