2011 Honorary Award
Lord Igor Judge – Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
Since becoming Lord Chief Justice in 2008, Lord Judge has shown a determination to stand up for judicial independence and developed a reputation for taking a close interest in 'grass-roots justice'. He marked his appointment as Lord Chief Justice with a speech in which he expressed concern about the impact of the internet on the jury system - following a case in which a juror used a Smartphone to read a report of the rape case he was hearing. In another speech the following year, he criticised the Ministry of Justice for passing "too many laws".
Lord Judge was called to the bar in 1963, became a Queen's Counsel in 1979, a High Court judge in 1988 and an Appeal Court judge in 1996. He served as Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1998 until 2003, when he was made Deputy Lord Chief Justice.