Admiralty Judge

The Judge Official and Commissary of the Court of Admiralty of the Cinque Ports, to use the full title, is appointed by the Lord Warden.Until the early years of the 20th century, the Judge presided over sessions of the Admiralty Court, on behalf of the Lord Warden. Although still entitled to act in that capacity, in practice the position is now an honorary and ceremonial one.

Current Judge

Admiralty-JudgeThe current Admiralty Judge is Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony. First appointed by HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in 1997, Lord Clarke was re-appointed by the present Lord Warden in 2004.

After serving as the Admiralty Judge of the High Court in London and as Master of the Rolls, Lord Clarke was the first Justice to be appointed directly to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, when it was established in 2009, and served until his retirement from the bench in 2017.

Judge Surrogate

The Judge has a deputy, known as the Judge Surrogate of the Admiralty Court of the Cinque Ports, also a purely honorary role.
Since 1991, this position has been held by Peter Sherred, formerly a solicitor in private practice in Dover.