Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal

Known officially as ‘Lords Justices’, a judge who sits in the Court of Appeal is known as a Lord Justice of Appeal. They are privy counsellors and are styled, professionaly, as ‘The Right Honourable Lord/Lady Justice ……’, or sometimes shortened to ‘Lord/Lady Justice ……’ or ‘[Surname] LJ’. The judicial title is not used in social correspondence.

How to Address a Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Lord/Lady Justice
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Rt Hon Lord Justice Smith; The Rt Hon Lady Justice Smith, DBE*
Verbal address  The Lord Justice or His Lordship (judicual matters)/The Lady Justice or Her Ladyship (judicial matters)

*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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