Robes event hears powerful speech from judge

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From left, Lady Hale, the Lord Chief Justice, Lady Booth and Lady Black


Lady Hallett

Lady Hallett gave a powerful speech about discrimination, equality and women’s rights at the Robes event at the Royal Courts of Justice.

The event marked the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which allowed women to practise law for the first time.

The Lord Chief Justice

We honoured the female trailblazers who made their mark in the legal profession by putting on display the original robes worn by Mrs Justice Elizabeth Lane, the first female High Court Judge, in the Legal Costume Exhibition at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London.

Dame Margaret Booth with the Lord Chief Justice

The robes were subsequently worn by Mrs Justice Margaret Booth (who attended the event), Baroness Hale and Lady Black. These are the first robes worn by a female judge to go on display and are free for all to visit.

After an introduction by the Lord Chief Justice, Lady Justice Hallett gave her speech, which can be read below.


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