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Famous Judges

Quiz: Test your knowledge about judges

  1. What word meaning 'nonsense' is often associated with Judge Judy?
  2. Who is best remembered for being the official who presided over the trial of Jesus?
  3. Which British criminal barrister became a television personality in 2014 by hosting a reality courtroom series?
  4. Which American Justice of the Peace called himself "The Only Law West of the Pecos"?

  5. Martin Shaw plays which fictional judge in a legal drama TV series created by G.F. Newman?
  6. 17th-century Welsh judge George Jeffreys was known by what infamous nickname?
  7. Which British science fiction comic magazine is noted for its stories featuring the character Judge Dredd?
  8. Can you name the English rugby union player known as "the Judge" to his teammates, who sadly passed away in 2023?
  9. Who did Margaret Thatcher describe as 'probably the greatest English judge of modern times'?
  10. Who gained an iconic status after being nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993?
  11. Which judge is best known for chairing the public inquiry prompted by the News of the World phone hacking affair?
  12. Judge Turpin is a fictional judge who imprisons Benjamin Barker on false charges in which 1973 play by Christopher Bond?


  1. Baloney
  2. Pontius Pilate
  3. Robert Rinder
  4. Roy Bean
  5. Judge John Deed
  6. The Hanging Judge
  7. 2000 AD
  8. Paul Rendall
  9. Lord Denning
  10. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  11. Brian Leveson (the inquiry published the Leveson Report)
  12. Sweeney Todd