First black high court judge appointed

Lord Chancellor has appointed the first High Court judge to come from an ethnic
minority background.

Department for Constitutional Affairs yesterday announced that Linda Dobbs, QC
– a specialist in criminal law and former chairman of the Criminal Bar
Association – would be taking up the post next month.

said it was a great honour to be invited to become a High Court judge.

this appointment might be seen as casting me into the role of standard bearer,
I am simply a practitioner following a career path. I am confident,
nevertheless, that I am the first of many to come," she said

are currently only nine black circuit judges among the 623 in England
and Wales
– or 1.4 per cent.

By Daniel Thomas  





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