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5 famous judges

judgeWho was the first female law lord in the UK? And who became known as the hanging judge? Read on to find out.

Judge Jeffreys

Who is he?

George Jeffreys was born May 1648 in Wrexham, North Wales. Aged 33 he became the Lord Chief Justice of England.

Why is he famous?

Judge Jeffreys’ harsh sentences earned him the nickname as the hanging judge. Following the 1685 Monmouth rebellion, Jeffreys sentenced 200 men to be executed and another 800 to work as slaves abroad.

What do people say about him?

“Known as 'Hanging Judge Jeffreys' because of the punishment he meted out.” - BBC

Lady Hale, Justice of the Supreme Court

Who is she?

Brenda Marjorie Hale was born January 1945 in Yorkshire, England. She’s received a number of honours over the years and is now a Judge and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Why is she famous?

As a supreme court judge, Lady Hale has become one of the most senior female judges in the history of the UK. She is one of the three women judges in the court of appeal and the first women in the UK to become a law lord.

What do people say about her?

“Her judgments are basically good and always interesting to read. She was always fantastic to talk law to because she was always so clear in her thinking.” Andrew Burrows, Oxford University law professor.

Judge Baltasar Garzon

Who is he?

Baltasar Garzon was born October 1955 in Jaén located in south-central Spain. He is now a judge sitting on the Criminal Court of Spain

Why is he famous?

He’s won a number of high profile cases over the years including extraditing the former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet from London to Spain to face charges of human rights abuse.

What do people say about him?

“Rarely can a modern-day judge have stirred as much controversy as Spain's Baltasar Garzon.” – BBC

Lord Denning

Who is he?

Tom Denning was born in January 1899 in Hampshire, England. He lived to be 100 years old.

Why is he famous?

He carried out the inquiry into the notorious Profumo scandal and his book on the matter made him become a household name.

He was also one of the most powerful judges in the country when he served as Master of the Rolls, a position he held for 20 years.

He was responsible for a number of controversial decisions and wrote several books popular amongst law students such as The Changing Law (1953), The Road to Justice (1955), The Discipline of Law (1979) and What Next in the Law (1982).

What do people say about him?

“He won a place in the affection of lawyers and the public probably unmatched in the history of the judiciary. Many lawyers regard him as the greatest judge of the century” – The Guardian

Judge Constance Baker Motley

Who is she?

Constance Baker Motley was born September 1921 in Connecticut, US. 
She went on to become a US federal judge.

Why is she famous?

In 1954 she formed part of the team who won a landmark case at the US Supreme Court, which deemed segregated schools as “unconstitutional”.

In 1964 she became the first African-American woman to be elected to the New York State Senate and in 1966 she was appointed as the first African-American woman federal judge.

What do people say about her?

“She never let herself be diverted from her goal of achieving civil rights, even though, as she developed as a lawyer, she faced almost constant condescension from our profession due to her being an African-American woman.” – Judge Kimba Wood.

Comments

i see judicial arm of government as an exalted body,comprised of men and women of integrity and high moral standard.
the most fascinating biography to me is that of lord denning and it had been my greatest dream to attain such feat in life

emmanuel 4-3-13