Forms of address for the judiciary
Forms of address for the judiciary

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Forms of address for the judiciary
  • The Heads of Division and Court of Appeal
  • Court of Appeal Judge
  • High Court Judges
  • High Court Masters and Registrars
  • Circuit Judges
  • District Judges
  • District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)
  • Magistrates
  • Tribunal Judges
  • more

There are certain protocols that need to be followed when addressing members of the judiciary. These protocols apply both to communications by way of correspondence and when addressing the judiciary in court. The following information is taken from the Crown Office guidance document on forms of address. The full Forms of Address document can be downloaded from the Ministry of Justice website.

The Heads of Division and Court of Appeal

The Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Family Division, President of the Queens Bench and the Chancellor of the High Court are all members of the Privy Council and they are addressed by their judicial titles prefixed by 'The Right Honourable'. For Example:

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

  1. correspondence:

    1. addressee: The Right Honourable, The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

    2. dear: Lord Chief Justice/Chief Justice

  2. court: My Lord or My Lady

The Master of the Rolls

  1. correspondence:

    1. addressee: The Right Honourable, The Master of the Rolls

    2. dear: Master of the Rolls

  2. court: My Lord or My Lady

The Presi