Master of the Rolls

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Master of the Rolls

in England and Wales, the head of the civil division of the Court of Appeal.

MASTER OF THE ROLLS. Eng. law. An officer who bears this title, and who acts as an assistant to the lord chancellor, in the court of chancery.
     2. This officer was formerly one of the clerks in chancery whose duty was principally confined to keeping the rolls; and when the clerks in chancery became masters, then this officer became distinguished as master of the rolls. Vide Master in Chancery.

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The Master of the Rolls said about King John and the Barons: "They would surely have been astonished to learn that over time Magna Carta came to be regarded as one of the most important constitutional documents in our history and that it continues to be so regarded 800 years after it was sealed on this very spot.
But today the families were asking three appeal court judges headed by Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke, to allow their application for a judicial review to go ahead.
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However, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger and Lord Justice Sedley ruled the High Court judge had "erred in his approach" and allowed Mr Singh's appeal.
But at the Court of Appeal at a hearing in January, a panel of judges headed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, told him all he had to show was that what he wanted fell within existing law.
The council appealed against the decision, and hopes to overturn the ruling at the Court of Appeal before the Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Peter Clarke.
Sir Anthony Clarke, the Master of the Rolls who heads the civil Court of Appeal, called for comments from the legal profession on a new protocol to try to avoid large numbers of homeowners facing court action because of mortgage arrears following the credit crunch.
Yesterday, the Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, Lord Justice Brooke and Lady Justice Arden held that the court was bound by an existing decision of the House of Lords.

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