Rayner Goddard, Baron Goddard

William Edgar Rayner Goddard, Baron Goddard, GCB, PC (10 April 1877 – 29 May 1971) was Lord Chief Justice of England from 1946 to 1958, known for his strict sentencing and mostly conservative views despite being the first Lord Chief Justice to be appointed by a Labour government, as well as the first to possess a law degree. Goddard's no-nonsense reputation was reflected in a number of nicknames that he acquired, these included: 'The Tiger', 'Justice-in-a-jiffy',[2] and—from Winston Churchill—'Lord God-damn'.[3] He was considered one of the last hanging judges.[4]

The Lord Goddard
Lord Chief Justice of England
In office
23 January 1946  29 September 1958
Preceded byThe Viscount Caldecote
Succeeded byThe Lord Parker of Waddington
Personal details
William Edgar Rayner Goddard.[1]

10 April 1877
Notting Hill, Middlesex
United Kingdom
Died29 May 1971(1971-05-29) (aged 94)
Temple, London
United Kingdom
Marie Schuster
(m. 1906; died 1928)
Children3 daughters
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford
OccupationJudge, Barrister