Dame Sue Carr has made history by becoming the first woman to serve as the Lord Chief Justice since the office’s establishment in the 13th century, breaking centuries-old gender barriers in the esteemed position.

In a historic milestone for the British judiciary, Dame Sue Carr has shattered the glass ceiling, emerging as the trailblazing Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales. Her appointment marks a significant moment in the country’s legal history, symbolizing a step toward greater gender equality and diversity in one of the most esteemed institutions of the land.

Dame Carr’s journey to this prestigious position has been marked by dedication, brilliance, and an unwavering commitment to justice. With a distinguished career spanning decades, she has carved a reputation as an exceptional legal mind, earning the respect and admiration of her peers, colleagues, and the public alike. Her ascent to the helm of the judicial system is a testament to her skills, resilience, and the changing face of the legal landscape.

Lady Chief Justice is groundbreaking as she becomes the 98th judge to hold this esteemed position, making history as the first woman in a lineage spanning nearly 800 years. This historic milestone marks a significant stride towards gender equality in the rich tapestry of the British judiciary.

Dame Sue Carr says- It is a great privilege to assume this role. I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Lord Burnett, who has demonstrated extraordinary resilience and leadership during a time of great change, including keeping the courts running during the pandemic. He has personally given so much to the law and to the judiciary. I do not underestimate the challenges that lie ahead, and I look forward to approaching the role with energy, enthusiasm, and positivity. The rule of law is a fundamental constitutional principle which underpins an open, fair and peaceful society, where citizens and businesses can prosper. Our judges and magistrates are its cornerstone.” (as also mentioned here)

Lady Carr, at 58 years of age, will be responsible for overseeing the deployment and welfare of judges, managing the allocation of work in the courts, and taking the lead in negotiations with the government regarding funding for the judiciary.

She became a barrister in 1987 and earned the prestigious title of Queen’s Counsel in 2003, has held a succession of influential roles throughout her career. Notably, she served as the chair of the Bar Standards Board and acted as the complaints commissioner for the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Her journey in the judiciary began in 2009 when she became a criminal judge, and in 2013, she ascended to the position of a High Court judge. Further, in 2020, she was appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal, marking a significant milestone in her judicial career.

This historic appointment coincides with a dedicated effort to enhance diversity within the judiciary. A mother of three, Lady Carr is an alumna of the University of Cambridge, reflecting her academic prowess. Beyond her legal acumen, she is also a passionate singer and pianist, showcasing a diverse range of talents beyond the courtroom.

As she takes on this vital role, there is no doubt that Dame Carr will continue to uphold the values of justice, fairness, and equality, ensuring that the legal system remains a pillar of strength for the nation.

Published by HOLR Magazine.