The first black person to be appointed a high court judge Linda Dobbs QC, 53. 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.
There are currently only nine black circuit judges among the 623 in England and Wales or 1.4 per cent.
This must be noted that this was written in 2004.
source: The telegraph by Joshua Rozenberg legal editor, 3rd September 2004
http://www.telegraph.Co. uk/news/UK news
Written by Grant Langdon-Dawn, 24th February 2014, Judicial diversity minority interest.
It is now a decade since Baroness Hale was appointed as the first female law Lord and Mrs justice Dobbs was the first black high court judge.
So does diversity matter? Yes says lady justice Hallen. The first woman chair of the judicial studies board, has said it will be a ‘glorious day’ when references to gender or ethnicity in relation to appointments are no longer significant.
Sole practitioner Cordella Bart-Stewart is the executive director of the Black solicitors network. She is a ‘ rare breed’, she says, in being a black woman who is a judge, a solicitor and from a post-1992 university. While ticking most of the social mobility ‘boxes’.
Bart-Stewart still feels ‘very much in a minority’ and wants positive action (not positive discrimination she stresses) with targets and better career progression.
My opinion is that we are in 2017 and my constant research into racism is keeping me busy. I watched the film hidden figures, where African American women mathematician’s worked at NASA and they now have been recognised for their amazing abilities. What has to be taken away from that film is the word abilities race will always be an issue as there are people who only see colour and not ability. Equality not inequality. Further more solicitors and barristers have taken years and a lot of intellect to have to be able to achieve their goals, so where does race come into it? They are all on the same playing field. Stop racism, they are supposed to uphold the law, how can this be when it’s blatant racism when black people are not achieving the same status.