13 Law and legal references

13.8 Judges’ designations and judgments

In text it is correct either to spell out the judge’s title (Mr Justice Kennedy) or to abbreviate it (Kennedy J). It is best to follow the author’s preference, providing it is consistently applied in similar contexts. It is a matter of house style whether or not the abbreviation takes a full point. The following table shows various titles and their abbreviated forms, where they exist:

Mr Justice


Lord Justice


Lords Justice


Lord Chief Justice Parker

Parker LCJ, Lord Parker CJ

The Master of the Rolls, Sir F. R. Evershed

Evershed MR

His Honour Judge (County Court)

HH Judge

Attorney General

Att. Gen.

Solicitor General

Sol. Gen.

Lord … , Lord Chancellor …


Baron (historical, but still quoted)


Chief Baron Blackwood

Blackwood CB

The President (Family Division)

Sir Stephen Brown, P

Advocate General (of the CJEU)

Slynn AG

Judge (of the CJEU)

no abbreviation

Law Lords are the Justices of the Supreme Court; their names are not abbreviated. Do not confuse them with Lords Justice. ‘Their Lordships’ can be a reference to either rank. There is in legal terms no such rank as ‘member of the Privy Council’: the Judicial Committee of Privy Council is staffed by members of the Supreme Court.

‘Judgment’ spelled with only one e is correct in the legal sense of a judge’s or court’s formal ruling, as distinct from a moral or practical deduction. A judge’s judgment is always spelled thus, as judges cannot (in their official capacity) express a personal judgement separate from their role. In US style ‘judgment’ is the spelling used in all contexts.

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