Lord Justice Holroyde has been appointed as the next vice-president of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), taking over from Lord Justice Fulford in June.
Holroyde is a natural choice having presided over many of the most high-profile criminal appeals in recent years, including those of former subpostmasters whose convictions which were based on the Post Office’s faulty accounting system he held to be ‘an affront to the conscience of the court’.
Obiter is particularly pleased with the appointment as his lordship has always greeted court reporters with a smile (it may just be that there are not many left) and is genuinely friendly to court staff – the real test of a judge’s worth.
And farewell to Fulford, who departs as ahead of his retirement in January which will mark the end of a glittering judicial career in which he also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court, delivering its first-ever guilty verdict. Obiter wishes him well for the future.