A Sikh Indian-origin judge has been for the first time promoted to one the most senior posts in the judicial system of the UK. Sir Rabinder Singh is now one of the 7 jury members to occupy the UK Court of Appeals. This was revealed after the fresh appointments to the judiciary were announced by the UK government.
Sir Rabinder Singh is quite renowned in court for his distinctive white turbans. He was born in Delhi and later moved to the UK when his family shifted there. The scholarship of a reputed school in the Bristol city was won by him and studied law at the Cambridge University’s Trinity College.
Mr. Singh then went on to complete his Master’s degree in Law from the University of California at Berkeley. The UK Bar exam could not be afforded by him and he became a lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 1986. Later he also won the scholarship of the London’s Inns of Court. He was summoned to the Bar in 1989 and became the Queen’s Council in 2002, as quoted by The Hindu.
Sir Rabinder Singh will now sit on the UK Court of Appeals bench, the highest court of the senior courts of England and Wales. The UK Court of Appeals hears appeals only from other tribunals and courts.
The other members of the UK Court of Appeals are Justice Newey, Justice Leggatt, Justice Peter Jackson, Justice Holroyde, Justice Coulson, and Justice Asplin. These judges have been promoted even as the appointment of the first lady judge to the post of UK Supreme court President was announced. Brenda Marjorie Hale, aged 72 years is the new President of the UK Supreme Court.
The UK Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court is the last court of appeals in the UK. It presides over cases that are submitted to it after all tribunals and courts have adjudicated in the matter.
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