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Brian Hutton , 'fearlessly independent' former Lord Chief Justice dies aged 88

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Baron Hutton had a long and distinguished career

Baron Hutton had a long and distinguished career

Baron Hutton had a long and distinguished career

Baron James Edward Brian Hutton, former Lord Chief Justice in Northern Ireland and a Law Lord, has died aged 88.

Regarded as a conservative figure, he nevertheless gained enormous respect for his integrity and fairness.

A rare profile of him in this newspaper in 1988 quoted an old student of his who described him as the very epitome of a judge: "He doesn't have much contact with ordinary people - how could he have? Yet he is the fairest man I know."