Black judge for High Court
The Telegraph article
The first black person to be appointed a High Court judge said yesterday that she would be "the first of many".
The Department for Constitutional Affairs said Linda Dobbs, QC, 53, would be taking up the post next month. She is the first lawyer from an ethnic minority to be promoted beyond circuit judge.
Dr Dobbs, who was awarded her PhD degree at the London School of Economics in 1980, is a specialist in criminal law and former chairman of the Criminal Bar Association.
In due course, the new Mrs Justice Dobbs is expected to preside over high-profile trials.
She said: "It is a great honour to have been invited by the Lord Chancellor to become a High Court judge. Whilst 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."
There are currently only nine black circuit judges among the 623 in England and Wales, or 1.4 per cent.
She added: "I look forward to taking up the post in October and trust that I will live up to the responsibilities which it brings." She had also been involved in several projects to increase diversity in the judiciary.
Dr Dobbs will be paid £150,878 a year. While being an active member of the Bar Council, chairing its professional standards committee, she always maintained a low public profile and declined to give interviews after news of her appointment emerged earlier this week.
Her main areas of work included white collar crime, disciplinary tribunals, sexual offences, road traffic, Customs and Excise cases, health and safety, environmental law, medical manslaughter, serious sexual offences including child sex abuse, drugs smuggling and money laundering. A Bencher of Gray's Inn, she has also published books and articles on road traffic law.
Divorced, she lists her recreations as "reading, music, travel, food and wine".