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Vice Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster

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Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster

The Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster is an office of the Duchy of Lancaster. The vice-chancellor is appointed by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster after consultation with the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. Since 1987, the vice-chancellor has been a High Court judge of the Chancery Division with a term of approximately three years.

The Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster exercises general supervision over the conduct of Chancery division business in the North of England and is an ex-officio member of the court of Lancaster University.

Vice-Chancellors since 1987

Before the implementation of the Courts Act 1971, the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine was controlled by section 14 of the Administration of Justice Act 1881. From 1973 to 1987, Andrew James Blackett-Ord, a circuit judge held the post. Since then, the office has been held by a Justice of the High Court sitting in the Chancery Division:

  • 1987: Sir Richard Scott
  • 1991: Sir Andrew Morritt
  • 1994: Sir Jonathan Parker
  • 1998: Sir William Blackburne
  • 2002: Sir Timothy Lloyd
  • 2005: Sir Nicholas Patten
  • 1 October 2008: Sir David Richards
  • 2012: Sir Michael Briggs
  • 2013: Sir Alastair Norris
  • References

    Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster Wikipedia


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