President of the Family Division

President of the Family Division

The President of the Family Division is the head of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales. The Family division was created in 1971, out of the former Admiralty Court and probate courts into the then Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division.

As of June 2006, President of the Family Division is Sir Mark Potter, who took over that role in April 2005.

Presidents of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division

* 1876: Sir James Hannen
* 1891: Sir Charles Butt
* 1892: Sir Francis Jeune
* 1905: Sir Gorell Barnes
* 1909: Sir John Bigham
* 1910: Sir Samuel Evans
* 1918: The Lord Sterndale
* 1919: Sir Henry Duke (The Lord Merrivale from 1925)
* 1933: Sir Boyd Merriman (The Lord Merriman from 1941)
* 1962: Sir Jocelyn Simon

Presidents of the Family Division

* 1971: Sir George Baker
* 1979: Sir John Arnold
* 1988: Sir Stephen Brown
* 1999: Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss
* 2008: Sir Mark Potter


* David Butler and Gareth Butler, "Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000", Macmillan, 2000
* Chris Cook and Brendan Keith, "British Historical Facts 1830-1900", Macmillan, 1975

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