Sir Geoffrey Charles Vos (born 22 April 1955) is a British judge. Since 11 January 2021, he has served as
Master of the Rolls
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, the head of civil justice in the court system of England and Wales.
Vos was born on 22 April 1955 to Bernard Vos and Pamela Celeste Rose.
He was educated at
University College School
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Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
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in 1977, and took
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in 1993. He was the Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association from 1999 to 2001 and of the Bar Council in 2007.
Between 2005 and 2009 he was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, and a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands between 2008 and 2009.
He sat as a Deputy High Court Judge from 1999 until 2009 and was appointed as a Justice of the High Court assigned to the Chancery Division in October 2009. He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013. He was President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary between June 2014 and June 2016. He became Chancellor of the High Court on 24 October 2016.
Master of the Rolls
Vos was appointed the Master of the Rolls on 11 January 2021, succeeding Sir Terence Etherton
In March 2021, Vos disclosed that the Civil Justice Council
was "looking at the extent to which litigants should be forced to mediate and if so, in what circumstances". He admitted the idea is "highly controversial".
In April 2021, Vos called for a greater use of digital technology to accelerate the dispute resolution process. In May 2021, he outlined his vision for digital justice reform in more detail, and the need to reform the overall system, rather than focusing only on the judicial decision-making process. Emphasising the need to focus on the whole picture, he said: "We should not allow the tail, however waggy, to wag the huge dispute resolution dog".
Notable judicial decisions of Sir Geoffrey include:
Vos married Vivien Mary Fieldhouse, in 1984.
Vos is a member of the
Oxford and Cambridge Club
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and the Worcestershire Golf Club.
He is a member of both the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood and also the Herefordshire Jewish community.
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People educated at University College School
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