Mr Justice (John) Saunders has been appointed to the Council by the Lord Chief Justice with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor.
He replaces Lord Justice Treacy following his elevation to the Court of Appeal and has been appointed for three years.
Mr Justice Saunders was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1972, and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1990, and became a Senior Circuit Judge and the Recorder of Birmingham in 2004. In 2007 he was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. He was Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit from 2009 – 2012.
Following the announcement of a new judicial member to the Council last week, two new non-judicial members have now been appointed to the Sentencing Council by the Lord Chancellor as a number of existing members reach the end of their three year tenure.
Lynne Owens, Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Julian Roberts, Professor of Criminology, and John Crawforth, OBE have been reappointed.
The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on proposals for updating guidance for judges and magistrates when sentencing environmental offences.
Find out how to respond to the consultation.
Read the press release.
Read the summary announcement.