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Thursday, 16 June 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

What Makes a Good Judge?

The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Vivien Rose of Colmworth DBE

Everyone agrees that good judges are essential for the maintenance of the Rule of Law in a democratic society. But what makes a judge a good judge and how should we recruit them? 

The talk will range from the establishment of the judiciary in Biblical times to the Judicial Appointments Commission’s current Competency Framework, looking at experience overseas as well as in England.

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Lady Rose was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1984 and was in practice at Monckton Chambers for ten years. In 1995 she left private practice to join the Government Legal Service serving as a legal adviser on financial services at HM Treasury until 2001. In 2002 she was appointed to the Senior Civil Service and moved to the Ministry of Defence as Director of Operational and International Humanitarian Law. From 2005 to 2008 she was seconded to the Office of Counsel to the Speaker of the House of Commons. 

In 2006 she was appointed to her first judicial role as a fee-paid Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She was appointed to further tribunal posts and became a Recorder in the criminal jurisdiction, South Eastern circuit in 2010. In May 2013 Lady Rose was sworn in as a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. She was President of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) between 2015 and 2018 and was a nominated judge of the Financial List from its inception. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in January 2019 and to the Supreme Court in April 2021.

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