Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal

A Lord Justice of Appeal is appointed to sit in the Court of Appeal and thereby is admitted to the Privy Council and receives a knighthood (or is created a dame) as a Judge of the High Court.

The Christian name is not used as a form of address except where there is more that one Lord Justice with the same surname, and in those circumstances it is the junior of the two Lord Justices whose Christian name should be used (i.e. Lord Justice Edmund Davies). The letters QC do not appear after his/her name.

How to Address a Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal

The recommended judicial and social style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Lord Justice
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Rt Hon Lord Justice Smith; The Rt Hon Lady Justice Smith, DBE*
Verbal address in court My Lord/My Lady
Socially Lord/Lady Justice

*The former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, when Master of the Rolls in 1994 ruled that a female Lord Justice of Appeal may be addressed in court as "My Lady", instead of "My Lord" as demanded by tradition and the law. This has now become common usage both in writing and in speech in all judicial matters

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