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Mr Justice Peter Jackson appointed to Court of Appeal

Seven new appointments to Court of Appeal

Seven new appointments have been made to the Court of Appeal. They are: Mrs Justice Asplin, Mr Justice Coulson, Mr Justice Holroyde, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, Mr Justice Leggatt, Mr Justice Newey and Mr Justice Singh.

These appointments will fill forthcoming vacancies in the Court of Appeal arising from autumn 2017.

Mr Justice Peter Jackson currently sits in the Family Division of the High Court. He grew up in Dublin. He was educated at Marlborough College before going on to study law at Oxford. Called to the Bar in 1978, he had a mixed practice until 1990 when he specialised in child law and medical treatment cases.

He was appointed Queen's Counsel and a Recorder in 2000. He became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2003 and was appointed to the Family Division of the High Court in 2010. He was Family Division Liaison Judge for the Northern Circuit from 2011 to 2017.

In 2011 Mr Justice Jackson made a landmark ruling in allowing journalists to attend hearings in the Court of Protection in a case about an autistic man who had been kept away from his home and family by a local authority (see London Borough of Hillingdon v Neary & Anor [2011] EWHC 1377 (COP)) and in 2016 his judgment in Lancashire County Council v M and Others [2016] EWFC 9 attracted attention in the mainstream media for using simple language (and interpreting the meaning of emojis) in the hope that the children involved would be able to read and understand it themselves.