Timothy Holroyde

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BornTimothy Victor Holroyde
18 August 1955
Alma materWadham College (Oxford)

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In office
October 2017 - Present

Sir Timothy Holroyde, styled Lord Justice Holroyde, is an English Court of Appeal judge, formerly a judge of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, Queen's Bench Division. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in October 2017 and was sworn of the Privy Council.

In August 2018 Lord Justice Holroyde was appointed Chairman of the Sentencing Council.[1]


Timothy Holroyde was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford, and was called to the bar in 1977. As a barrister, he practised from Exchange Chambers, Liverpool. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1996, and was appointed to the High Court in January 2009. From 2012 he was a Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit.

As a barrister, he appeared as counsel for the prosecution in the trial that followed the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster.


In 2012 Lord Justice Holroyde presided over the seven-month trial of Asil Nadir on fraud charges. Other cases presided over by him included the trial of Anjem Choudary in 2016 for terrorist-related offences, and the trial of Dale Cregan in 2013 for crimes including the murder of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes.[2]

USA v Julian Assange

On 11 August 2021, Lord Justice Holroyde overturned District Judge Vanessa Baraitser's decision, taken on health grounds, not to extradite Julian Assange when he ruled that the US government was able to appeal that decision.[3]

After a two-day hearing of the Julian Assange extradition case on 27/28 October 2021, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and Lord Justice Holroyde sided with the US on 10 December 2021, when the High Court reversed Vanessa Baraitser's decision not to extradite the WikiLeaks founder.[4]

On 10 December 2021, in a 27-page Judgment, the High Court concluded:

We reject Grounds 1, 3 and 4, but allow the appeal on Grounds 2 and 5.

We accordingly quash the order discharging Mr Assange.

We remit this case to the Westminster Magistrates' Court, with a direction to proceed as the DJ (Vanessa Baraitser) would have been required to do if she had decided differently the relevant question of whether Mr Assange’s mental condition was such that it would be oppressive to extradite him, namely by sending the case to the Secretary of State.

Pursuant to section 106(9), we remand Mr Assange in custody.[5]

Stella Moris tweeted:

Statement by Julian #Assange's solicitors following the High Court's decision.

We will be seeking leave to appeal the High Court's decision to the UK/Supreme Court.

#FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange #JournalismIsNotACrime[6]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Assange ruling a dangerous precedent for journalists and British justiceArticle10 December 2021Jonathan CookAnd yet despite all this, the English High Court ruled on 10 December 2021 that it was satisfied with “assurances” that Assange’s wellbeing would be protected were he extradited to the United States. British judges may be persuaded by those assurances. Many others, including Assange, will not be.


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