Issue date: 07 November 2001

His Honour Judge Mark Dyer is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his remarkable career and outstanding achievements and of his service to the Crown Court in particular.

Mark Dyer was born in Peshawer, India and educated at Ampleforth College. He read laws and graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1952. Between 1948-1949 he was a 2nd lieutenant with the Royal Scots Greys and served as a Captain in the Westminster Dragoons Territorial Army from 1950 to 1958. He married in 1953 and has two daughters.

As a lawyer, Mark Dyer’s career began in 1953 when he was called to the Bar by Middle Temple. He has always been interested in helping with the careers of young lawyers and between 1957 and 1967 he was a part-time lecturer in law at the University of Southampton. He had several pupils one of whom has become a Judge in Hampshire.

From 1965 to 1969 Mark Dyer was a member of the General Council of the Bar and in 1971 he became a Deputy Chairman of the Isle of Wight Quarter Sessions. Soon afterwards, he became Head of Chambers and a Recorder of the Crown Court.

A circuit Judge since 1977, Mark Dyer served first Bristol for five years and then Swindon as Resident Judge for fourteen years. From 1981-1996 he was also Liaison Judge for Wiltshire and the Honorary Recorder for Devizes, 1988-1996.

Judge Dyer has served on many important legal boards and committees and was appointed to the main board of the Judicial Studies Board and served on the Criminal Committee from 1986 to 1991. He was a member of the Committee of the Council of HM Circuit Judges and Honorary Secretary 1989 to 1991 and in 1992 became President of the Council.

The contribution of His Honour Judge Dyer to law and to society has been of particular significance for Bristol and its courts. He was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge in 1996 and Honorary Recorder of Bristol. Thus he became the Resident Judge at Bristol with responsibility for criminal trials of every class including murder. He was particularly successful in encouraging and enhancing links between the City of Bristol and the local Courts and fastidious in fulfilling his civic duties, to the great benefit of civic life and related institutions and offices.

A Bencher of Inner Temple, His Honour Judge Dyer has given distinguished and outstanding support to his profession, his Inn, and to the University of the West of England and in particular its Bar Vocational Course.

The Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws will be awarded to Mark Dyer at the award ceremony of the Faculty of Law at Bristol Cathedral on Friday 9 November at 6.00pm.


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