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Mr Justice Baker appointed to the Court of Appeal

Seven newly appointed Court of Appeal judges

Mr Justice (Jonathan) Baker has been appointed to the Court of Appeal, together with six other judges.

Born in Hertfordshire, Sir Jonathan Baker was awarded a scholarship in history to study law at Cambridge. He was the first in his family to attend university and the first to become a lawyer.

He was called to the Bar in 1978 and became a QC in 2001. Initially practising common law, he went on to specialise in family law, in particularly relating to children. He was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1998, Recorder in 2000 and Deputy High Court Judge in 2003, sitting in the Family Division.  He was appointed to the High Court (Family Division) in 2009, also sitting in the Court of Protection and he has become a leading authority on the law relating to children and mentally incapacitated adults.

From 2011 to 2018, he was the Family Division Liaison Judge for the Western Circuit.  Since 2017 he has been the Senior Family Liaison Judge, acting as Chair of the Family Procedure Rules Committee and of the Family Justice Council. In his role as judge in charge of appeals to the Family Division he has overseen new procedures for appeals following reforms introduced in 2016.

Mr Justice Baker has ruled on a number of significant cases including those involving serious allegations of child abuse and medical treatment cases, including the case of Ashya King, and has given a number of leading judgments on the Mental Capacity Act, including cases involving patients suffering from disorders of consciousness.

The other judges appointed to the Court of Appeal are Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, Mr Justice Green, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, Mr Justice Males, Mrs Justice Rose and Mrs Justice Simler.

For all their biographies, click here.