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Lady Justice Carr
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Carr in 2022
Court of Appeal Judge
Assumed office
MonarchsElizabeth II
Charles III
High Court Judge
Queen's Bench Division
In office
Personal details
Born (1964-09-01) 1 September 1964 (age 58)
United Kingdom
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Dame Sue Lascelles Carr, DBE (born 1 September 1964), styled The Rt Hon Lady Justice Carr, is an English judge, who has served as a Lady Justice of Appeal since 2020.

Origins and education

Carr is the daughter of Richard Carr and Edda Harvey (née Armbrust),[1] and was educated at Wycombe Abbey School and at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal career

Carr was called to the bar in 1987 where she practised from 4 New Square Chambers and became a Queen's Counsel in 2003.[2] In 2009 Carr was appointed a Recorder, and was approved to serve as a deputy High Court judge.[3]

Carr was chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association in 2007 and 2008 and chairman of the Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board from 2008 to 2011. In April 2011, Carr was appointed Disciplinary Commissioner in proceedings before the International Criminal Court.[4]

On 14 June 2013 Carr was appointed a High Court judge,[5] receiving the customary appointment as a Dame Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.[6] She was assigned to the Queen's Bench Division.[7] She is also a governing Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a member of the board of the Judicial College.

In 2020 Carr was appointed to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales with effect from 21 April 2020. She was sworn of the Privy Council on 28 April 2021.[8]

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Carr is a member of the Governing Council of Wycombe Abbey School.[9]


Carr is married to Alexander Birch. They have three children.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Carr, Sue Lascelles, (Mrs A. Birch), Who's Who 2019 (A & C Black)
  2. ^ "No. 56924". The London Gazette. 2 May 2003. p. 2.
  3. ^ "High Court Judge Appointment – Sue Carr" (Press release). Ministry of Justice. 8 May 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  4. ^ International Criminal Court website,; accessed 3 June 2013.
  5. ^ "No. 60542". The London Gazette. 17 June 2013. p. 11879.
  6. ^ Dame Sue Carr profile,; accessed 12 July 2014.
  7. ^ "The Hon Mrs Justice Carr". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Order in Council" (PDF). Privy Council Office. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  9. ^ "The Council". Wycombe Abbey. Retrieved 27 July 2013.

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