Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Britain appointed its first black High Court judge on Thursday and she predicted she would be “the first of many.” The Department for Constitutional Affairs confirmed the appointment of Linda Dobbs, 53, the first black lawyer promoted beyond the ranks of circuit judges, who hear lesser cases. Joining the High Court will give her access to some of the country’s most important trials. “Whilst this appointment might be seen as casting me into the role of standard bearer, I am simply a practitioner following a career path,” Dobbs said in a statement. “I am confident, nevertheless, that I am the first of many to come.” There are currently only nine black circuit judges among the 623 in England and Wales, or 1.4 percent. Dobbs will take up her new post — which carries a salary of more than 150,000 pounds (US$270,000) a year — in October. As a senior lawyer, she has worked on a wide variety of cases, in areas including white-collar crime, disciplinary tribunals, sexual offenses, health and safety, environmental law, medical manslaughter, drug smuggling and money laundering. She has also published books and articles on road traffic law. Dobbs was appointed chairman of the Criminal Bar Association in September 2003 but has stepped down in order to take up the High Court position. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Benefits of a Digital Membership:

  • Free access to 3 articles* every 30 days
  • Access to the entire ALM network of websites
  • Unlimited access to the ALM suite of newsletters
  • Build custom alerts on any search topic of your choosing
  • Search by a wide range of topics

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.