HH Judge Jonathan Rose – Recorder of Bradford

Circuit Judge, Bradford Crown Court

Born and educated in Leeds, at Talbot Road and Roundhay Schools.

Following unsuccessful ‘A’ Levels, further educated at Preston Polytechnic, The Inns of Court School of Law and Keble College, Oxford.

Vice President, Middle Temple Students Association

Vice President, Keble College Middle Common Room

Barrister in Bradford and Leeds (1983 – 2008) specialising in criminal and family law

‘Pupil Master’ to four Pupil Barristers

Recorder of the Crown Court 1999 – 2008

Chairman of Mental Health Review Tribunal 2002 – 2008

Circuit Judge (Criminal Law) since 2008

Deputy Resident Judge, Bradford Crown Court

Honorary Fellow, University of Central Lancashire

Author of ‘Innocents’ – the true story of Stefan Kiszko and Lesley Molseed

Schools, Colleges and Universities Judge at Bradford Crown Court, my role includes:
Host to school visits
Offering Marshalling experiences to University students
Speaking at educational institutions
Founder of ‘SPRUCE’ (Student Pre-University Court Exposure) Course for Year 12 students contemplating the study of and/or a career in the Law

An avid cyclist until age and injury intervened, I am a keen armchair sports fan with particular interest in rugby, athletics, cycling and winter sports, including disability sport. Qualified scuba diver and Marine Mammal Medic. Volunteer at Tour de France Grand Depart (2014) and Tour de Yorkshire (2018). Married with two adult children, my ‘other’ hobby is writing and recording music. Ad hoc involvement in various voluntary projects.

Commitment, determination, conscientiousness and the ability to meet and overcome hurdles are the keys to success.

Sectors worked in and routes taken:


Talbot County Primary School
Roundhay School
Preston Polytechnic – [BA (Hons) in Law
Inns of Court School of Law – [Barrister-At-Law]
Keble College, Oxford

    Legal Profession. 

    Legal Chairman, Mental Health Review Tribunal
    Circuit Judge

    What I would like to get involved in

    Inspirational talk

    Mentoring / Coaching young people

    Visits to my place of work

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