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"You know what Mega-City One is Dredd? It's a fucking meatgrinder. People go in one end, and meat comes out the other. All we do... is turn the handle."
—Judge Lex

Judge Lex is a corrupt Judge from Mega-City One. He was portrayed in the 2012 film Dredd by South African actor Langley Kirkwood.


Judge Lex has worked as a street judge for the Mega-City One Justice Department for over twenty years. Over this time he became disillusioned with the city and justice system leading him to become a corrupt judge who works as a mercenary for hire for crime lords with the funds to purchase his services.

One day Ma-Ma bribes Lex and other corrupt judges Alvarez, Chan and Kaplan to kill the renown Judge Dredd. Their cover was blown when Chan attacks, and is killed by, Dredd. Dredd then kills Alvarez but runs out of ammunition, and Lex shoots him in the torso. Lex moves in to execute Dredd, but Dredd stalls him long enough for Judge Anderson to arrive and kill Lex first.


  • "Lex" is the Latin word for "law."
  • He states to Dredd that he's worked as a Judge for 20 years, implying that he used to be an honest Lawman before the crime rate disillusioned him.
  • Lex seems to have a personal history and grudge against Dredd which is evident from his negotiating with Ma-Ma. This could be likely due to the latter's fame in disposal of justice which the former was unable to attain for the past 20 years. This is also evident from his stalling speech with Dredd prior to Anderson's shot to his death where he "expected more" from Dredd.



Make her dead.

Dredd Characters
Main Characters Judge Dredd - Judge Cassandra Anderson
Ma-Ma Clan Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal - Kay - Caleb - Big Joe - Japhet - Clan Techie
Corrupt Judges Judge Lex - Judge Chan - Judge Alvarez - Judge Kaplan
Other characters TJ - Cathy - Ethan Zwirner - Rosa - Judge Volt - Judge Guthrie - Amos - Freel - Chief Judge - Lester Grimes - Eric