Press release

Re-appointment of Sir George Newman as Surveillance Commissioner

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Prime Minister approves re-appointment of Sir George Newman as a Surveillance Commissioner for a further term of three years.

The Prime Minister has approved the re-appointment of Sir George Newman as a Surveillance Commissioner for a further term of three years from 1 January 2013.

Biographical Notes

Sir George Newman (71) was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1965 and took Silk in 1981.  He served as a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division, from 1995-2007, prior to this he was a Recorder from 1985.  He was appointed a Surveillance Commissioner on 1 January 2010.

Notes for Editors

Section 91 of the Police Act 1997 provides for the Prime Minster to appoint Surveillance Commissioners.  Commissioners must be a person who holds or has held high judicial office (within the meaning of Part 3 of the CRA 2005) or is or has been a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.  Their functions are in regard to surveillance operations carried out by Law Enforcement Agencies and other public authorities in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.