Alexander Morrison (judge)

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name = Alexander John Henderson Morrison

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birth_date = 16 November 1927
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occupation = Judge
nationality = British

Alexander John Henderson Morrison MA LLB (born 16 November 1927) is a British judge, President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal between 1983 and 1998.

Early life

The younger son of Dr Alexander Morrison of Derby, he was educated at Derby School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating BA, MA, and LLB, and then trained as a barrister at Gray's Inn, London. [ MORRISON, His Honour Alexander John Henderson] in Who's Who 2007, online at (accessed 18 October 2007)]


Called to the Bar in 1951, Morrison became a member of the Midland Circuit. He was Deputy Chairman of the Derbyshire Quarter Sessions from 1964 to 1971, then regional Chairman of Industrial Tribunals, Sheffield, and a Recorder of the Crown Court from 1971 to 1980. He was a Circuit Judge from 1980 to 1998 and President of the Mental Health Review Tribunals from 1983 to 1998, when he retired.

He hit the headlines in 1995, when he said to an all white jury at Derby crown court "I have before me photographs of twelve Asian men, all of whom look exactly the same." [ [ Australian National University Review No 1432 4th March 1995] at (accessed 18 October 2007)]


In 1978, Morrison married the Hon. Philippa Hives, younger daughter of Ernest Hives, 1st Baron Hives, CH. They have no children.


*President of the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs, 1977–79


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