Sir Michael Patrick Nolan (Michael Patrick Nolan)

Sir Michael Patrick Nolan

English Jurist.  Baron Nolan,  author of the Nolan Report. He was educated at Ampleforth College and, following national service with the Royal Artillery, studied law at Wadham College, Oxford. He began practicing at the Middle Temple in 1953, specializing in tax law. He was made a Queen’s Council in 1968 and a member of the Bar Council in 1973. He served as a Recorder in the Crown Court of Kent from 1975 until 1982 when he was made a High Court Judge with the Queen’s Bench Division and given a knighthood. His first high profile ruling came during the 1984 miner’s strike, when he granted injunctions to the National Coal Board to stop the striking miners from using flying pickets. In 1991 he joined the Privy Council where he heard the case bought by relatives of the victims of the notorious Hillsborough stadium disaster and the action to overturn the ruling not to prosecute those responsible for the Marchioness Pleasure-boat disaster. He also found the Home Secretary Kenneth Baker guilty of contempt of court following the illegal deportation of a Zairian asylum seeker. Most famously, he sat on the appeal panel that overturned the convictions of the Birmingham Six for alleged terrorism offences. He was raised to the House of Lords in 1994 with the title Baron Nolan of Brasted. He went on to serve as the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, set up in 1994 following the cash for questions affair. The committee’s report, published in 1995, recommended the full disclosure of Members of Parliament’s outside interests. He retired in 1998, but in 2000 was asked by Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor to investigate allegations of child abuse among English Catholic priests. His findings, known as the Nolan Report, resulted in the formation of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. In his final years he suffered from a degenerative disease and died at age seventy-eight. (bio by: js)  Family links:  Spouse:  Margaret Noyes Nolan* *Calculated relationship


  • September, 10, 1928


  • January, 01, 2007


  • St Martin Churchyard
  • Kent
  • England

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