Linda Dobbs hit the headlines in early autumn 2004 when
her appointment to the High Court bench was announced.
Taking her seat in the Queen's Bench Division, Dobbs became
the first person from an ethnic minority to reach this level
of the judiciary and is one of only 10 women in the High
Court. The significance of her appointment was brought home
when it was applauded in an Early Day Motion in the House
of Commons on 13 September.
Dobbs' career began 23 years ago when she was called to
the bar, taking silk in 1998. A member of criminal set 18
Red Lion Court, she served time as chairman of the Criminal
Bar Association until her judicial appointment.
Despite the significance of Dobbs' appointment, her elevation
to the bench came as little surprise to those who have followed
Her expertise and experience are undoubted, and she will
be a valuable member of the judiciary.
In a statement Ms Dobbs 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."
In September 2003, Ms Dobbs was appointed as chairman of
the Criminal Bar Association but has stepped down following
her decision to work on the High Court bench.
Ms Dobbs has published books and articles on road traffic
law and her main areas of work include white collar crime,
Customs and Excise cases and serious sexual offences.
She has worked as a barrister in both prosecution and defence
and was called to the bar in 1981.