The Honourable Mrs Justice Dobbs DBE
Honorary Doctorate - 2006
Linda Dobbs was appointed a High Court Judge in October 2004, becoming the first person from an ethnic minority to reach such a level of the judiciary in this country. She is one amongst 108 High Court Judges.
At the lower level there are just nine black circuit judges out of 623, or 1.4 per cent. The appointment means she holds one of the most senior roles in the British judiciary. She hopes to use her role to reach out to youngsters, make herself accessible and break down the perception that judges are remote and distant.
Mrs Justice Dobbs first studied Russian and Law, followed by a Masters in Law and a Doctorate in Soviet Criminology and penology.
Criminal law has been the main focus of her career, and she has earned recognition as a speaker and author both home and abroad.