Lord Justice Fulford appointed by Prime Minister as Investigatory Powers Commissioner

Lord Justice Adrian Fulford

Lord Justice Adrian Fulford

Prime Minister Theresa May has approved the appointment of Lord Justice Adrian Fulford as the first Investigatory Powers Commissioner for a three-year term of office. Lord Justice Fulford takes up the appointment with immediate effect.

The Rt Hon Sir Adrian Fulford qualified as a barrister in 1978 and took Silk in 1994. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1995 and then as a High Court Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division on 21 November 2002.

In 2003, Sir Adrian was elected to serve as one of the 18 Judges of the International Criminal Court for a term of nine years, subsequently being assigned to the Trial Division. He was sworn into office on 11 March 2003 and appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal on 10 May 2013.

With effect from 1 January 2015, Sir Adrian was the Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales. From 1 January 2016, he became the Senior Presiding Judge. He’s currently the Judge in Charge of IT and leads for the judiciary on Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service reform.

Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May

While holding the appointment as Investigatory Powers Commissioner, Sir Adrian will remain a Judge of the Court of Appeal.

The Prime Minister stated: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Lord Justice Adrian Fulford as the first Investigatory Powers Commissioner. He brings a wealth of experience in the judiciary and expertise in matters of law which will be absolutely crucial to his vital role of scrutinising the use of investigatory powers as part of a world-leading oversight regime.”

Section 227 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 provides for the Prime Minister to appoint the Investigatory Powers Commissioner. The Commissioner’s role is to authorise and oversee the use of investigatory powers by public authorities.

Sir Adrian will now begin work on establishing his office and take on the statutory functions of the IPC in due course.

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