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Lord Chancellor
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Arms of Her Majesty's Government
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Incumbent
Elizabeth Truss

sinceĀ 14 July 2016
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer The Sovereign
on advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder The Lord Cowper
Formation May 1707
of Kingdom of Great Britain

The Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, or Lord Chancellor is a senior and important functionary in the government of the United Kingdom. He is the second highest ranking of the Great Officers of State after the Lord High Steward. The Lord Chancellor is appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister. Before the Union there were separate Lord Chancellors of England and Scotland.

The Lord Chancellor is responsible for the efficient functioning and independence of the courts. The current Lord Chancellor is Elizabeth Truss.

Formerly, there were separate Chancellors of England, Scotland and Ireland. When the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland united to form the Kingdom of Great Britain under the Acts of Union 1707 the offices of the Chancellor of England and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland were combined to form a single office of Lord Chancellor for the new state.

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