Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss
Ann Elizabeth Oldfield Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE PC (née Havers; born 10 August 1933), is an English judge. She was the first female Lord Justice of Appeal and, until 2004, was the highest-ranking female judge in the United Kingdom.
The Baroness Butler-Sloss
|President of the Family Division|
of the High Court of Justice
1999 – April 2005
|Succeeded by||Sir Mark Potter|
|Lord Justice of Appeal|
|High Court judge|
(Family Division) 3458
Ann Elizabeth Oldfield Havers
10 August 1933
|Spouse(s)||Joseph William Alexander Butler-Sloss (m. 1958)|
|Relations||Sir Cecil Havers (father) |
Lord Havers (brother)
Nigel Havers (nephew)
Philip Havers (nephew)
|Children||Frances (b. 1959)|
Robert (b. 1962)
She was made a dame (DBE) on appointment to the High Court in 1979, and was sworn in to the Privy Council in 1988 when she became the first woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. When she retired as a judge in 2005, she was awarded Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE). In 2006, the government announced that she would be awarded a life peerage as Baroness Butler-Sloss. She sits as a independent peer in the House of Lords.
Until June 2007, she chaired the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed.
- ↑ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 617. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
- ↑ Dyer, Clare (11 November 2004). "The Guardian profile: Elizabeth Butler-Sloss". Retrieved 23 June 2017 – via The Guardian.
- No-nonsense approach of the right-to-die judge – Profile of Butler-Sloss at Guardian Unlimited, 22 March 2002
- Announcement of her introduction at the House of Lords, House of Lords minutes of proceedings, 25 July 2006
- Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life