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An Afternoon with the President of the U.K. Supreme Court

Baroness Hale is a British judge and currently serves as the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 

In 2004 she became the Lord of Appeal in Ordinary for the House of Lord and is the only woman to have been appointed to this position. She served as a Law Lord until 2009 when she transferred to the new Supreme Court alongside her colleagues. Between 2013 and 2017 she held the position of Deputy President of the Supreme Court until she was appointed the role of President. She is only the third person to hold this title and the first female.

Baroness Hale remains a member of the House of Lords. 

This past Saturday Baroness Hale took the time to speak to students and other members of the St Andrews community about the structure (and it’s pros and cons!) of the U.K. system. Knowledgable about the current political climate as well as the way laws work themselves, the Baroness was willing to discuss her views on Brexit and the way that it might be legally possible, if at all. She discussed what had pushed her to law and why she was glad she had chosen the path she had. She also touched on why it had been so difficult to be a woman in a man’s world for so long and why the gender changes she has begun to see in the composition of courts are so important and must continue. A