A judgment from clerkenwell and Shoreditch county court district judge (swan) was appealed to a circuit (?) judge in central London (Luba).

Isn’t the point of a circuit judge that they are the more senior appellate judges in a given location of the county court? How would it have “skipped” over from C&S to central London?

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    Shoreditch isn't exactly a million miles away from central London
    – alexg
    Mar 27, 2023 at 12:47
  • @alexg no, but it’s also sufficiently big and central that I’d think they’d surely have a resident circuit judge of their own. Mar 27, 2023 at 19:04

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See Practice Direction 52B:

The venue for an appeal within the County Court will be determined by the Designated Civil Judge and may be different from the appeal centre.

  • Some elaboration would be nice, for example, an explanation of who or what the “designated civil judge” is. Mar 27, 2023 at 19:05
  • Okay, that answers “who,” but that’s not very interesting or informative compared to what the role is really about Mar 28, 2023 at 4:05

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