Formerly Lord Chief Justice of England. Lord Taylor was born in 1930 and died in 1997. He was educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and Pembroke College Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1954 and practised upon the North Eastern Circuit until he was appointed a High Court Judge in 1980, for the last five years as leader of that Circuit. He was a Presiding Judge for the North Eastern Circuit from 1984 to 1987, and was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1988. In the following year, he conducted the inquiry into the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster. He was appointed Lord Chief Justice on 27th April 1992.
Lord Taylor was regarded as the reforming Lord Chief Justice when he took over from Lord Lane. In his regretfully short tenure of that office before he was taken ill, he introduced a new spirit into the corridors of the High Court. His speech at the Tom Sargant lecture of 1993 was great event - covered by many TV stations. It signaled a new, more open relationship between the judiciary and the press and public.
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