Sir Godfrey Russell Vick KC (24 December 1892 - 27 September 1958) was an English lawyer and judge who played a part in several important tribunals. Vick was born West Hartlepool, the son of Richard William Vick JP and Emily née Oughtred. He was educated at The Leys School and Jesus College, Cambridge. He served in the Durham Light Infantry during World War I, being called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1917, and practised successfully, largely as a criminal lawyer. He served variously as a recorder in Richmond (1930-1931), Halifax (1931-1939) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1939-1956). He was subsequently made a county court judge, and became a bencher of the Inner Temple.
His service on public enquiries included:
London County Council remand homes (1944);
The black market in petrol (1948);
Lynskey tribunal into political corruption (1948);
Ill-treatment of prisoners at HM Prison Liverpool (1958).
He married Marjorie Hester Compston and the couple had two daughters and two sons, the younger of whom, Arnold Russell, also became a barrister and judge. Vick's hobbies were hunting and golf.
References Who Was Who 1897-2006 (2007)
Wade Baron (1966) p.58
Home Office (1958)
Home Office (1945) "London County Council remand homes: report of Committee of Inquiry" Cmd.6594
Home Office (1958) "Allegations of Ill-Treatment of Prisoners in Her Majesty's Prison, Liverpool" Cmnd.503
Ministry of Fuel and Power.Committee on Petrol Rationing Control (1948) "Evasions of petrol rationing control" Cmd.7372
Wade Baron, S. (1966). The Contact Man: The Story of Sidney Stanley and the Lynskey Tribunal. Secker & Warburg.
Who Was Who 1897-2006 (2007) "Vick, His Honour Judge Sir Godfrey Russell", retrieved August 25, 2007 (subscription required)
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