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Sir Ernest Ryder

Senior President of Tribunals and Chair of the Administrative Justice Council

About Sir Ernest

Sir Ernest Ryder is the Senior President of Tribunals in the United Kingdom, a Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales.  He is also the senior judicial member of the Board of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service and the Judicial Reform Board for England and Wales.

Sir Ernest chairs the Administrative Justice Council, the only body with oversight of the whole of the administrative justice system in the UK.  The Council brings together stakeholders from across the system and advises the UK and devolved governments, and the judiciary, on the development of the system.

Until his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Sir Ernest was the Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit where he sat in the criminal, civil and administrative courts.  He was formerly a judge of the Family Division of the High Court and the Family Division Liaison Judge for the same Circuit.  As Judge in Charge of the Modernisation of Family Justice, he was responsible for the creation of the Family Court and the family justice modernisation programme in England and Wales. 

Sir Ernest was educated at Bolton School and Peterhouse, Cambridge.  He started his professional life as a merchant banker and has also been a commissioned officer in the Army Reserves.  He was a barrister and then Queen's Counsel practising in family and administrative law from chambers in Manchester.  He is a Bencher (Master of the Bench) of Gray's Inn.  He is the Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Bolton, an honorary Professor of Law at the Universities of Lancaster and Bolton, a Visiting Fellor of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, an Associate Writer of the Signet in Scotland, an Honorary Member of the Society of Legal Scholars and a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation.

Speaker's Sessions:

1558455300 - 1558459800
Plenary Session 2 - Justice for all

Justice for All