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Sentencing Council welcomes two new judicial members


11 November 2020
Sentencing Council welcomes two new judicial members

On 8 October 2020, the Sentencing Council appointed two new judicial members: the Honourable Mrs Justice May and Jo King JP. These appointments were made by the Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor.

Jo King JP has become the latest magistrate to join the council. She was appointed to the Sussex Central Bench in 2002 and has sat in the adult, youth and family jurisdictions. Mrs King has extensive leadership experience in the magistracy at bench, regional and national level. She is currently the co-chair of the Magistrates’ Engagement Group, sitting on a number of HMCTS Reform programmes. She is a member of the Surrey and Sussex Advisory Committee, the South East Region Conduct Committee and Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office disciplinary panels. She has held a number of positions locally and nationally within the Magistrates Association, including membership of judicial policy committees.

The Honourable Mrs Justice May (Juliet May) worked as a forensic clinical psychologist before re-training as a barrister. She was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1988, becoming a bencher in 2010. Her practice was in commercial work, particularly banking and insurance, at 3VB. She became a recorder in 2001, a chair of Mental Health Tribunals in 2002 and took silk in 2008, being appointed to the Circuit Bench later the same year. From 2008 to 2015 she sat in crime at Wood Green and Southwark Crown Courts and in civil at Central London County Court. She was appointed a deputy High Court Judge in 2013 and to the High Court Bench (Queen’s Bench Division) in December 2015. She is the Senior Presiding Judge on the Western Circuit.

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