What do I call a judge?

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How to address a Judge

Address (in Correspondence)Dear…In court
The Right Honourable
The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Lord Chief Justice/Chief JusticeMy Lord/My Lady
The Right Honourable
The Master of the Rolls
Master of the Rolls
The Right Honourable
The President of the Queen’s Bench Division
President
The Right Honourable
The President of the Family Division
President
The Right Honourable
The Chancellor of the High Court
Chancellor
Retired Head of DivisionTitle in Private CapacityN/A

Court of Appeal Judge

Judges who sit in the Court of Appeal (Lords Justices of Appeal) are Privy Councillors. They are known officially as Lord Justices. They should be addressed as follows:

Address (in Correspondence)Dear…In court
The Right Honourable Lord Justice WellsLord JusticeMy Lord
The Right Honourable Lady Justice Wells DBELady JusticeMy Lady

High Court Judges

Members of the High Court are not usually Privy Councillors.
Their official designation is as follows:

Office/PositionAddress (in correspondence)Dear…In court
High Court judgeThe Honourable Mr Justice WicksteedJudgeMy Lord
High Court judgeThe Honourable Mrs/Ms Justice Wicksteed (whether married or single)JudgeMy Lady

High Court Masters & Registrars

Office/PositionAddress (in correspondence)Dear…In court
MasterMaster Holman
(whether male or female)
MasterMaster
RegistrarMr (or Mrs) Registrar HolmanRegistrarRegistrar
Insolvency and Companies Court JudgeJudge Holman (whether male or female) Judge Judge

Circuit judges

Some Circuit Judges – for example, The Recorder of Liverpool or Central Criminal Court judges – are referred to as “My Lord” or “My Lady”.

Address (in correspondence)Dear…In court
His Honour Judge Williams (QC if appropriate)JudgeYour Honour
Her Honour Judge Williams (QC if appropriate)JudgeYour Honour

District Judges

Address (in correspondence)Dear…In court
District Judge PenningtonJudgeSir or Madam

District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)

Address (in correspondence)Dear…In court
District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) StewartJudgeSir or Madam

Magistrates

Dear…In court
John Curry, Esq JPYour Worship, or
Sir or Madam

Tribunal Judges

Address (in correspondence)Dear…In court
First-tier Tribunal Judge/Upper Tribunal Judge (depending on position) CurryJudgeSir or Madam

Employment Judges

Address (in correspondence)Dear…In court
Employment Judge CollinsJudgeSir or Madam

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