Black Letter Law Directory | 2015 | Circuit Judges (County Courts and Crown Courts)

This sub-section lists the Circuit Court judges in the County and Crown Courts of African, Asian, Caribbean and other ethnic minority ancestry.

Grace Amakye

Grace Amakye was appointed Circuit Judge in April 2015. She sits in the South Eastern Circuit and is based in Snaresbrook Crown Court. Grace was called to the Bar in 1983 and was appointed Assistant Recorder in 1999, becoming a Recorder the following...

Patricia Dangor

Patricia Dangor was the first person of African ancestry to be appointed a Circuit Judge of England and Wales in1999 and retired from the Circuit Bench in 2013. In the same month in 2013,...

Anuja Dhir QC

Anuja Dhir QC was appointed Circuit Judge in 2012 to sit at the Crown Court at Woolwich. She was previously a Recorder in the Crown Court and is a bencher of Gray's Inn. She was also...

Usha Karu

Usha Karu was appointed a Circuit Judge in 2005 and sits at the Inner London Crown Court. She was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1984, appointed as Assistant Recorder in 1998 and a Recorder in 2000. She was a specialist...

Barbara Mensah

Barbara Mensah, who sits at Luton Crown Court, became the first Circuit Judge of African origin when she was appointed to the South Eastern Circuit in December 2005. She was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1984 and was appointed as a Recorder in 2003. Born in Ghana, she came to school in...

Abbas Mithani QC

Abbas Mithani QC became a Judge on the Midlands Circuit in July 2006 and was a Deputy Bankruptcy Registrar from 1993 until 2006. He was appointed as a District Judge in 1999 and went on to become a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2001. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at Newcastle and Kingston...

Amjad Nawaz

Amjad Nawaz has been a Crown Court Judge on the Midland Circuit since 2008. He  was previously a barrister at Citadel Chambers in...

Nasreen Pearce

Nasreen Pearce formerly sat at the Luton County Court and retired from the Bench in 2009. She was the first Asian woman to become a Circuit Judge when she was appointed to the South Eastern Circuit in 1994....

Deva Pillay

Deva Pillay, who sits at Blackfriars Crown Court, was appointed as a Judge on the South Eastern Circuit in April 1997. He is also an Ethnic Minority Liaison...

Khatun Sapnara

Khatun Sapnara has been a Circuit Judge since 2014. She was formerly a Family Law barrister, specialising in the law relating to children, at Coram Chambers and was also a Recorder appointed in 2006. She is recognised as a leading expert on forced marriages. Khatun was appointed to the...

Nirmal Shant QC

Nirmal Shant QC is a Circuit Judge appointed in March 2015 and sits at Derby Crown Court. She was previously a Recorder appointed in 2001. With some thirty years’ experience, Nirmal had a substantial and nationwide practice involving heavyweight crime...