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England Appoints First Female Lord Chief Justice

This appointment aligns with the UK government’s efforts to enhance gender diversity within senior legal positions, as the majority of judges are currently men.

By Johnson Atoukudu:

Sue Carr, a highly experienced lawyer from the UK, has been announced as the first woman to hold the prestigious position of lord chief justice for England and Wales. This historic appointment, dating back to the 13th century, was made public on Thursday. At the age of 58, Carr will succeed the current Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett, who will retire at the end of September. As the lord chief justice, Carr will oversee the judicial system in England and Wales, excluding Scotland, which has its own legal framework. It is worth noting that the significance of this position was somewhat diminished after the establishment of the UK Supreme Court in 2009.

Carr’s legal career began in 1987 when she qualified as a barrister, specializing in courtroom advocacy. Throughout her professional journey, she has taken on various roles, including working with the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In 2009, she became a criminal judge and has been serving on the appeals court since 2020. Beyond her legal pursuits, Carr is a talented musician, actively participating in a lawyers’ choir and showcasing her piano skills. She holds a degree from the University of Cambridge and is married with three children.

This appointment aligns with the UK government’s efforts to enhance gender diversity within senior legal positions, as the majority of judges are currently men.
Additionally, the representation of ethnic minorities among judges remains inadequate. According to a report by the Law Society last year, Black judges comprise just over one percent of the total number in England and Wales, a figure that has seen little change since 2014.

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