Honorary Graduates 2012 no.10 – Lord Justice Goldring
Leicester-born Sir John Goldring’s honorary doctorate comes after more than 40 years' experience in law – which has culminated in him becoming one of the most senior judges in the UK.
Sir John went to Wyggeston Boys’ Grammar School (now Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, adjacent to the University) before reading law at the University of Exeter. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1969 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. He was a Recorder in the Crown Court from 1987 to 1999 and was made a Deputy High Court Judge in 1996.
The year 1999 was a busy year – he was appointed to the High Court of Justice, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and received a knighthood. Since then Sir John has served as a Presiding Judge in the Midlands Circuit, Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission, Deputy Senior Judge of the Sovereign Base Area of Cyprus, Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, a Lord Justice of Appeal and member of the Privy Council.
Since 2010 he has been the Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales.