THE 2019 ANNUAL GRAY'S INN READING
Lord Kerr intends to address the recent decision in Stocker v Stocker and the challenges which confront judges when required to take on the role of a jury in applying a common-sense approach to the meaning of words. He will try to consider and reflect on the essential role of the Courts in upholding individual rights and how best this role can be performed whilst also ensuring that decisions accord with society’s broader expectations of justice.
Lord Kerr served as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 2004 to 2009. He was the last Lord of Appeal in Ordinary appointed before the creation of The Supreme Court. He undertook his legal studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, before he was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1970, and to the Bar of England and Wales at Gray’s Inn in 1974.