Stephen Brown (judge)
Sir Stephen Brown
|President of the Family Division|
|Preceded by||Sir John Arnold|
|Succeeded by||Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss|
|Born||3 October 1924|
Patricia Ann Good (m. 1951)
|Children||5 (2 sons, 3 daughters)|
|Parents||Wilfrid Brown |
Nora Elizabeth Brown
|Residence||Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||Queens' College, Cambridge|
|Years of service||1943 to 1946|
|Unit||Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve|
Early life and education
From 1943 to 1946 Brown served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve as a Lieutenant.
Brown became a barrister at the Inner Temple in 1949, became a bencher in 1974, and became Treasurer in 1994. He was Deputy Chairman of Staffordshire Quarter Sessions from 1963-971, and Recorder of West Bromwich from 1965-971. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1966. He was a Recorder, and Honorary Recorder of West Bromwich from 1972–75, was a High Court judge, in the Family Division, from 1975–77, and in the Queen's Bench Division from 1977–83, and was Presiding Judge of the Midland and Oxford Circuit from 1977-81.
Brown became a Privy Counsellor in 1983 and was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal (1983–88) and, finally, President of the Family Division (1988–99) of the High Court of England and Wales. On 19 November 1992, he delivered the landmark ruling that doctors treating Tony Bland, who had been in a persistent vegetative state since suffering serious brain damage in the Hillsborough disaster more than three years earlier, could withdraw food and treatment keeping him alive. Treatment was ultimately withdrawn on 22 February 1993, after the House of Lords rejected an appeal by the Official Solicitor, and Mr Bland died on 3 March 1993.
He was a member of the Parole Board of England and Wales from 1967 to 71, of the Butler Committee on mentally abnormal offenders from 1972 to 1975, and of the Advisory Council on Penal System in 1977. He was Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors from 1971-75. He was Chairman of the Council of Malvern College from 1976-94.
As of 10 January 2009, he is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Children’s Rights International. He has served as President of several organisations : Edgbaston High School, 1989–; Malvernian Society, 1998–.
Honours and decorations
Brown was knighted in 1975. Brown was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1999.
He has received an honorary fellowship and several honorary degrees:
- Honorary Fellow: Queen's College, Cambridge, 1984
- Honorary LLD: University of Birmingham, 1985
- Honorary LLD: University of Leicester, 1997
- Honorary LLD, Honorary FRC Psychology: University of the West of England 2000.
Brown was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1999.
- University of West England awards Honorary Degree to Sir Steven Brown, 26.10.2000.
- Children’s Rights International Advisory Committee
- "Stephen BROWN". Debretts. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- Who's Who 2008
- Members of the British Privy Council Archived 19 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Press Office, University of the West of England Retrieved 10 January 2010
- Who's Who 2009
Sir John Arnold
| President of the Family Division
Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss