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Biographical Details - Lord Justice Auld

On 14 December 1999 Sir Robin Auld was appointed by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to review how the criminal courts in England and Wales work at all levels. Sir Robin has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 1995 and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1987.

Born on 19 July 1937, he was educated at Brooklands College and King's College, London, graduating with a 1st Class Honours degree in Law in 1958. He obtained a doctorate in law in 1963 and was appointed a King's College Fellow in 1987.

Sir Robin was called to the Bar (Gray's Inn) in 1959 and made a Bencher in 1984. He practised on the South East Circuit until 1987, during which period he was appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1975 and admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984.

He was a Member of the Committee of Inquiry into casino gambling in the Bahamas during 1967. Between 1969 to 1975 he was Prosecuting Counsel to the Department of Trade, following which he was the Department of Trade Inspector into Ashbourne Investments Ltd (1975-79). In 1981 he served as Counsel to the Inquiry into the Brixton Disorders.

Sir Robin has chaired two public enquiries, the William Tyndale Schools' Inquiry (1975-76) and the Home Office Committee of Inquiry into Sunday Trading (1983-84).

His first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1977 until 1987, following which he was appointed to the High Court Bench.

He chaired the Criminal Committee of the Judicial Studies Board from 1989 until 1991. After four years as Presiding Judge of the Western Circuit, Sir Robin was the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales between 1995-1998.

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