Family law judge wins right to be addressed as ‘Ms Justice’

Family Law|May 23rd 2014

Alison Russell QC has been granted the right to addressed as ‘Ms Justice Russell’ when in court.

The family law and human rights specialist, who was appointed to the High Court earlier this year, will be the first female judge to not to be addressed as ‘Mrs Justice’.

A spokesperson for judges’ representative body the Judicial Office told The Guardian that she had received official permission for the new title.

“This is now official nomenclature. On her appointment – 13 January 2014 – she asked the Lord Chief Justice, with the support of the President of the Family Division, if she could use this title, and he approved her request.”

Ms Justice Russell practised as a barrister at prominent family law chambers 1 Garden Court. She has been a QC since 2008 and was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in February.

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  1. Andrew says:

    To be precise she will be referred to (in judgments and submissions and on cause lists) as Ms Justice Russell.

    She will be addressed as My Lady!

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  3. Luke says:

    “A spokesperson for judges’ representative body the Judicial Office told The Guardian that she had received official permission for the new title.”
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    Good grief, I can’t believe any time has been spent on this – nobody with any sense is going to worry what she calls herself – how about :-
    “Justice Russell” – or “Justice Alison Russell” – or maybe “Jack Russell” 🙂

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