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Dame Linda Dobbs reappointed to judicial role

In October 2004, Dame Linda became the first non-white judge in the senior judiciary

The Ministry of Justice has announced that Dame Linda Dobbs DBE has been reappointed as Independent Assessor for Miscarriages of Justice (the Assessor) for a term of five years.

Appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice, under section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act (the Act) 1988, the role will see her “gauge the amount of compensation to be paid once the Secretary of State has decided that the eligibility criteria is met”.

Dame Linda began her “successful” career at the Bar, where she was a member of and chaired a number of Bar committees, including Race Relations, Equal Opportunities, International, Professional Conduct and Professional Standard Committees and Criminal Bar Association.

In October 2004, she became the first non-white judge in the senior judiciary. Whilst on the High Court Bench she was the Senior Liaison Judge for Diversity, chair of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies board and chair of the International Committee of the Judicial College.

She is also a Judicial Commissioner at the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, as well as an editor of a number of legal publications and a mediator. 

In addition, Dame Linda has been involved in the training of lawyers and judges in the UK and internationally for over 25 years and is the director of Training at the Judicial Institute for Africa, at the University of Cape Town where she is an honorary professor. She holds seven honorary doctorates and is a patron of a number of charities which work in Africa. 

She has been named one of Britain’s most powerful black women and one of the 100 Great Black Britons and she has featured regularly in the Power 100 List of Influential Black Britons.

The Secretary of State will review the latest appointment when Dame Linda reaches the age of 72. 

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