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James Brian Edward Hutton

James Brian Edward Hutton, later Baron Hutton (born 1931) was a British Law Lord.

Hutton was born in Belfast. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford and returned to Belfast to become a barrister. From 1979 to 1988 he was (as Sir Brian Hutton) a High Court judge. In 1988 he became Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, before moving to England in 1997 to become a Law Lord.

During his career Hutton has pronounced on several cases to reach the public eye. On March 30 1994 as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, he dismissed Private Lee Clegg's appeal against his controversial murder conviction. On March 21 2002 Hutton was one of four Law Lords to reject David Shayler's application to use a 'public interest' defence as defined in section 1 of the Official Secrets Act at his trial.

Lord Hutton retired as a Law Lord on January 11, 2004.

Lord Hutton is chairing the inquiry into the death of the British scientist Dr. David Kelly at the heart of the September Dossier controversy. The inquiry commenced on August 11, 2003.

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