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Lord Chief Justice pays tribute to Lord Bingham

'Most respected, distinguished and admired Judge of our times' is mourned by legal world

The Lord Chief Justice has paid tribute to Lord Bingham of Cornhill, who died on Saturday, 11 September, aged 76.

The Lord Chief Justice said:

"On behalf of the judiciary of England and Wales, I would like to express my sorrow at the death of Tom Bingham, the most respected, distinguished and admired Judge of our times. His contributions to our understanding of the significance of the rule of law, and the principled development of the common law, have been unequalled in our generation. Judges throughout the world will recognise Tom Bingham as one of the great jurists of this generation and one of the great common law judges."

On Monday's Today programme on Radio 4, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, described Lord Bingham as 'the most universally respected and admired judge of his generation'.

Lord Bingham took silk in 1972, was appointed a High Court judge in 1980 and promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1986. In 1992 he became Master of the Rolls. He was appointed Lord Chief Justice in 1996. He became senior law Lord in 2000.

For an obituary of Lord Bingham, written by Philippe Sands, visit the Guardian website.