President of the Family Division

The current President of the Family Division, and Head of Family Justice, is Sir James Munby.  He is currently responsible for overseeing a process of reform and modernisation of the family justice system.


As well as the President – who is a member of the Court of Appeal – the Family Division consists of 19 High Court Judges. It deals with:


Divorce, including disputes over children, property or money;


Adoption, wardship and other matters involving children; and


Judgments on behalf of those who are unable to make decisions for themselves, such as persistent vegetative state victims.


The Family Division also deals with undisputed matters of probate – the legal recognition of the validity of a will – in the Probate Registry of the Family Division in London, and the 11 probate registries in England and Wales.


The Right Honourable Lord Justice Munby was called to the Bar in 1971, and is a former member of New Square Chambers.


He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988 and then appointed as a High Court Judge on 23 May 2000, assigned to the Family Division. He was appointed as Chairman of the Law Commission on 1 August 2009.


On 12 October 2009 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, receiving the customary appointment to the Privy Council on 17 November.


His term as Chairman of the Law Commission expired in August 2012.