High Court Judge

Justices of the High Court are almost always referred to as High Court judges.

A male High Court judge is, by convention, knighted on appointment, but he is styled, for example, as ‘The Hon Mr Justice Cane’. The letters QC do not appear after his name. His style may be shortened to ‘[Surname] J’.

A female High Court judge is, by convention, made a dame on appointment but is traditionally styled, for example, as ‘The Hon Mrs Justice Macklin’, whether married or single. Since 2014, she may also be styled as, for example, ‘The Hon Ms Justice Macklin’. The letters QC do not appear after her name. Her style may be shortened to ‘[Surname] J’.

How to Address a High Court Judge

The recommended styles of address are as follows:

Beginning of letter (male) Dear Sir Ben or Dear Judge or My Lord
Beginning of letter (female) Dear Madam or Dear Dame Amy or Dear Judge
Envelope (male) The Hon Mr Justice Noel/Sir Ben Noel
Envelope (female)

The Hon Mrs/Ms Justice Lisle/Dame Amy Lisle, DBE

Verbal address (male) My Lord or Mr Justice Noel or Sir Ben (out of court)
Verbal address (female) My Lady or Mrs/Ms Justice Lisle or Dame Amy (out of court)

The prefix ‘The Hon Mr/Mrs/Ms Justice’ is dropped on retirement and retired judges are then styled, for example, as ‘The Hon Sir Jonathan Dean’ or ‘The Hon Lady Macklin’.

 

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