Lord Justice Burnett has been appointed as the new Lord Chief Justice.
Downing Street announced the 59-year-old Court of Appeal judge will take over as head of the judiciary of England and Wales on October 2.
He steps into the role following the retirement of the current Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas.
Sir Ian Burnett has been involved in many high-profile cases and inquiries during his career.
His final case at the bar was as counsel to the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi al Fayed.